Rocky III Reviews
Fortunately, as Rocky loses his "eye of the tiger", the film slows down and turns into the quiet sports drama you expect from the franchise, and that's the saving grace here. It's particularly nice to see the film take the angle it does, looking at a Rocky who essentially has no more room to climb. Whereas the first two films posed him as the underdog looking upwards, now he's in a dethroned champion role, a bit like the Apollo Creed character from the previous film. Characters are all given something to do and have a role to play in how the rest of the story progresses. Rocky faces something he has not yet faced in his career, especially after the mid-film twist: fear. Apollo Creed returns to the scene as a mentor figure to Rocky, teaching him all of his secrets and helping him find the passion that he's lost. Adrian has a big emotional monologue, seemingly having enough to being the reserved figure the films have previously established her as. The rest of the film plays out expectedly beautifully, culminating in yet another bout that, whether you like it or not, leaves you feeling great as Bill Conti's "Gonna Fly Now" blares once more. If you can make it through that messy first act, Rocky III is another satisfying entry in the beloved franchise.