Nigel's Review of Rocky II
Although it is considered a shadow of the original, Rocky II is still presentable as a sequel. Stallone tries to show us how a lack of education can close off a lot of doors to business opportunities, but those scenes had me laughing inadvertently. For instance, when Gazzo asked Rocky whether he ever thought about investing in condominiums Balboa replied, "But me and Adrian never used them." Obviously, Rocky confused condos with condoms. Or in the scene when he was doing the cologne commercial and he couldn't read the cue cards. It read, "Smell Manly," but Rock said, "Smeal Mainly."
Movie critics and audiences rarely mention this about the Rocky series but credit should be given where credit is due: Carl Weathers showed some pretty impressive boxing skills for an actor. The fight scene in Rocky II between Rocky and Apollo was better choreographed than the first. Don't like to give out spoilers here but in the final round where Rocky Balboa knocks Creed down and he himself goes down there is a small problem: technically speaking, Rocky didn't actually get knocked down. Under boxing rules, Balboa suffered a slip. So when the referee is making the count for both men to get up the onus is on Apollo Creed to get up at the count of ten, not The Italian Stallion.
Another problem with Rocky II is the aftermath of a prizefighter suffering career threatening injuries. While it very plausible for a fighter to suffer from a detached retina from a fight, it is implausible for him to overcome a detached retina, ignore doctor's warnings about possible blindness, and against all odds, get back into the ring and fight the Heavyweight Champion of the World once again. What boxing commission would approve of him getting back into the ring to fight again? Or what doctors, after giving Balboa an eye examination, would give The Stallion the green light to fight Creed? There wasn't any explanation given.