Emblematic of all things that can go right and wrong with a sequel. It never really captures what made the first great, but it's a decent follow up to the story when it's examining Rocky's post fight life, especially during the Rocky/Adrian scenes (the first, after all, was first and foremost a love story). But once the fight plot kicks in it becomes pretty standard fare. Thankfully, the actual fight is thrillingly well filmed, and it's still hard for me not to get a little teary eyed when that theme kicks in at the end.
Some initial rambling thoughts and notes for a future more coherent review:
-Jordan Belfort makes Calvin Candie look like a pleasant guy to be around.
-This film makes The Departed look like a Disney movie.
-"Two time Academy Award Nominee Jonah Hill"
-"That Rob Reiner guy should act more."
-Never thought I'd hear a Foo Fighters song in a Scorsese film, nevermind one that actually really fits.
-It'll be interesting to see how the mass public reacts to…