To be honest, when Mr. Theriault first started the movie, I didn’t think it was going to be very good. Let me just say, I honestly haven’t seen a good movie like this one in a while. Despite this being a 1976 classic, this is a must-see. It’s about how Rocky shows the realization of his potential by pushing with determination and will. From being a poor club boxer to boxing the heavyweight champion, Apollo Creed. After Mr. T told us that Sylvester Stallone, Rocky, was the one who wrote this film and constantly persevered to get it sold, it only made this movie mean so much more.
In this movie, I also absolutely adore the chemistry between Adrian and Rocky. I love when he asks her to take off her glasses and hat and you can just see the connection between them when they gaze into each others’ eyes. Or when he takes her out to the skating rink spontaneously for 10 minutes even though it’s closed. Adrian also continues to support throughout Rocky’s training for the fight. Aside from Rocky’s journey for the fight, the fact that he starts to fall for Adrian and sticks by her side just gets me hooked to his story.
Paulie: [talking about Adrian] You like her?
Rocky: Sure, I like her.
Paulie: What’s the attraction?
Rocky: I dunno… she fills gaps.
Paulie: What’s ‘gaps’?
Rocky: I dunno, she’s got gaps, I got gaps, together we fill gaps.
My most favorite scene was the scene right before the fight. Rocky is talking to Adrian about the fact that he obviously can’t beat Apollo (as Rocky is a club boxer about to fight one of the heavyweight champions) and that he just wants to go the distance. No one has ever gone 15 rounds against Apollo and given the opportunity by Apollo, he wants to be able to do it. Just going out there and doing something no one has ever done. Here is a little bit from that scene:
Rocky: I can’t do it.
Rocky: I can’t beat him.
Rocky: Yeah. I been out there walkin’ around, thinkin’. I mean, who am I kiddin’? I ain’t even in the guy’s league.
Adrian: What are we gonna do?
Rocky: I don’t know.
Adrian: You worked so hard.
Rocky: Yeah, that don’t matter. ‘Cause I was nobody before.
Adrian: Don’t say that.
Rocky: Ah come on, Adrian, it’s true. I was nobody. But that don’t matter either, you know? ‘Cause I was thinkin’, it really don’t matter if I lose this fight. It really don’t matter if this guy opens my head, either. ‘Cause all I wanna do is go the distance. Nobody’s ever gone the distance with Creed, and if I can go that distance, you see, and that bell rings and I’m still standin’, I’m gonna know for the first time in my life, see, that I weren’t just another bum from the neighborhood.
This movie has an important message encouraging others to continue to persevere. Even with there may be little to no success at the end of the tunnel, you have to keep going at it. It doesn’t matter if there is roadblock or you encounter an obstacle. It matters if you have the will to overcome it and continue. For example, let’s say you just joined the basketball team and your coach tells you that you’re one of the weaker players on the team and some of your teammates start to laugh at you. Are you going to let them continue to laugh and make fun of you? Are you just going to do nothing about it and put yourself down even more? Or will you actually try to improve and continue to work hard and practice everyday? It’s how you react to the negativity and obstacles that is constantly trying to bring you down. You have to show them that you’re better and can overcome that.
“Fall down seven times, stand up eight.”
Rocky Balboa: Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place and it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t how hard you hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward. How much you can take, and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done. Now, if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hit, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you are because of him, or her, or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain’t you. You’re better than that.
Another scene that I really enjoyed was his training for the big fight. Not only does this scene get me pumped up about getting out and accomplishing something, but it also shows how rewarding the end result is. So go out and try something new, and if something gets in your way, keep going. And I’ll end the post with the video for that scene.