Rocky II (1979)
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Critic Reviews for Rocky II
Stallone and producers Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff know from experience audiences love to root for the underdog and have concocted an irresistible final 30 minutes.
Sylvester Stallone's follow-up to his runaway success of 1976 is a little more threadbare in spots than the original, but it still has some conviction and spunk.
Stallone's performance as a Philadelphia saint in a B movie physique leaves you undecided whether to gag or sob, but the final fight sequences make up for it; a full-blooded Hollywood finale reaching giddy heights of cathartic glee.
Rocky II has a waxy feeling, and it never comes to life the way its predecessor did.
By the punishing heft of the big fight, there is the clear hint that the series will soon plunge into an unpalatable patriotic fervour. For now, though, with its leathery texture of working class Philly-life it felt enough like reality.
Audience Reviews for Rocky II
Yes, Sylvester Stallone, you really did it, and this exciting and surprisingly moving sequel - written, directed and acted by him, no less - is an impressive follow-up and definite proof that the success of that fantastic first film was a lot more than just beginner's luck.
All this film really does is build stronger characters and a much better story to follow. As Rocky and Adrian get married, buy a house and attempt to have a kid, Rocky is faced with job gains and losses all over town. Wanting something more with his life, he realizes that his true calling is still back in the boxing ring. More than anything, this film serves as a very strong redemption film, and in the end, I almost had tears in my eyes at how effective they make it out to be. Stallone again, puts his all into this character, and although some of the other actors feels a little unmotivated (mainly the character of Adrian), the film is still great overall. The filmmaking and script is overall better in the first film, but this serves as a great sequel! The "champ" is back!
One of the best sequels ever and maybe more powerful that the first Rocky .
Rocky II Quotes
|Mickey:||I think we oughta knock his block off.|
|Rocky Balboa:||Yo Adrian, I did it!|
|Mickey:||[after slapping Rocky in the face with his left hand] Now you didn't even see that comin', did ya? And that's comin' from a broken down punk like me. What... what do ya think the champ would do to ya?|
|Rocky Balboa:||Hurt me bad, I guess...|
|Mickey:||Na, he'd hurt ya permanent. Permanent !|
|Mickey:||Na, he'd hurt ya permanent. Permanent!|
|Apollo's Trainer:||He's all wrong for us, baby. I saw you beat that man like I saw no man get beat before and the man kept coming after you. Now we don't need that kind of man in our life. I know what you're feeling. Let it go.....let it go. You're the Champ.|