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His life is happy, his fights have seemed easy. Now a young upstart is going to make him prove just how far he can still go...
Now the world champion, Rocky Balboa is living in luxury and only fighting opponents who pose no threat to him in the ring. His lifestyle of wealth and idleness is shaken when a powerful young fighter known as Clubber Lang challenges him to a bout. After taking a pounding from Lang, the humbled champ turns to former bitter rival Apollo Creed to help him regain his form for a rematch with Lang.
Matt Singer had it right, after all: This is the best of the Rocky sequels, a satisfying blend of superhero cartoonishness (Clubber Lang, Thunderlips, etc.) and residual "authentic" feeling from the first film. Great montages, greater short shorts.
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Mr. T may be somewhat of a jokey association with the 80s (at least with the ninja bacon mustache crowd), but give the man some credit: His persona is so strong that in this, his first feature film, he's given maybe a cumulative 3-minutes of screentime to speak, and he crafts a character that is very well defined and memorable. Some actors can't do that with 150 minutes.
Also worth noting the audience I watched this with was really jamming on the homoerotic undertones between Rocky and Apollo Creed.
Oddly despite having seen Rocky, Rocky 2 & 4, I had never seen this part.
This is where it goes big budget Hollywood action film but still holds onto Rocky as being kinda real, as he loses his edge and becomes materialistic.
Features Mr T as the most annoyingly angry bad guy in the world.
Also features Paulie, comic relief perhaps, but actually just really really annoying.
Great cameo by Hulk Hogan though.
Looses half a star because Adrian can't sing "Doo-doo doo doo" correctly.
Regains half a star for Survivor's excellent "Eye of the Tiger".
My favourite Rocky film and the one with probably the best theme tune. Survivor's "Eye Of The Tiger" ramps up that eighties soft rock ballad bollocks to Spinal Tap proportions.
This is also the only film where Mr. T. doesn't look like a fat fuck and Talia Shire gets more than just a few lines of dialogue. It's not exactly rocket science as Rocky wins,then Rocky Loses then Rocky wins against all the odds. We've seen it all before of course but it's another eighties guilty pleasure that stands the test of time.
"Rocky III" isn't as good as I was hoping it would be, but it's still decent. It's shot well, the emotional core is very well handled, and the end fight as good, thou it was very rushed. But there were performances that were really bad, it's has very sloppy pacing, and it failed to keep me interested the whole way threw.
P.S. I was going to say C+, but I did find it fun.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
The first two Rocky films were low-key underdog stories about a common man trying to succeed. This is not the case with Rocky III. An opening montage shows Rocky defending his title against various challengers while building a fortune on advertising. This Rocky wears suits, is more well-spoken, and much more confident. It's not unreasonable that the lovable loser from the first film would grow into this character, but it feels odd to just jump into this with only a montage to chart the growths. We've spent two movies learning who this guy is, and within a few minutes he's totally different. Paulie also struck me as really inconsistent in this film and the character is starting to grate on…
Sure I'm being generous, but here's the peak of the transition of Rocky from charming underdog film to hilariously formulaic event picture. But it's got lots of Carl Weathers (always key), and I pity the fool who doesn't think Mr. T is the baddest ass in pugilistic history. Dumb fun that introduced the world to Hulk "Thunderlips (!?!?!)" Hogan.
After keeping the heavyweight championship title and getting defeated early on in the film, Rocky must seek help from Apollo Creed to not only redeem his self esteem to win, but create a much stronger friendship between him and Apollo. Highly recommended.
What I loved about the first two Rocky films was the sense of desperation, the idea that Rocky needed to win the fight and do it for a reason. Rocky III basically turns the franchise into a WWE match, throwing in Hulk Hogan (to be fair, he is pretty great) and Mr. T (who is an incredibly lackluster villain) and making Rocky III the first film in the series that feels silly.
There's basically nothing for the usual supporting cast to do, whereas in the past, they all sort of had their own directions to go in. Paulie starts the film incredibly pissed off at Rocky, then a few minutes later, the anger has completely disappeared. Adrian is boiled down…
two words: THUNDER LIPS
Und noch mal muss der Boxer ran. Diesmal hat er einen klassischen Bösewicht als Gegner; Mr T mag Rocky nicht ... #ausGründen ... und ist dazu eine Kampfmaschine ohne Gleichen.
Rocky ist aber nach drei Jahren Karriere nicht mehr mit Biss dabei und muss ... zu sich selbst finden. Ich kann sein Dilemma nicht nachempfinden, ist er auf der Suche nach seinem alten Willen (der mir eh immer nicht so stark vor kam), oder bekämpft er eher sein Trauma vermöbelt worden zu sein und Micky verloren zu haben.
Zumindest ist die Story mal ein wenig anders, die Dialoge von Rocky haben sich gebessert (eine echte Entwicklung von Rocky?), die Kämpfe machen noch mehr Spaß (ich sach nur: Hulk…
This is a movie that is easy to not think about compared to the greatness of Rocky and Rocky IV, but Rocky III is a fantastic movie. It grips you from start to finish, and I enjoy every moment of it. It's just a feel good movie that makes you root for The Italian Stallion once again. The fight scenes with Mr. T are very well done, and every punch sounds as brutal as they look. This is just a movie that puts a smile on my face.
It was on this film that the Rocky franchise jumped the shark and became all about which bigger, stronger opponent does Rocky have to, against all odds, beat this time?
I mean, for what it's worth it's not bad. It's certainly depressing as hell to see Mickey die, it's inspiring to see Apollo and Rocky join forces, and it's the debut of that goddamned Eye of the Tiger song that's way overplayed. But remember that the beginning has Rocky and Hulk Hogan (not as Hulk Hogan, but) having a wrestling/boxing match. Seriously. What the fuck was that shit?
And Clubber Lang is way too cartoony. It's just kind of a ridiculous movie that's fun, sure. But, like Rocky II, doesn't hold a candle to the original. Increasingly, it was becoming a parody of itself more than a true sequel. However, the last shot is goddamned awesome, so what am I complaining for?
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Blonde Ambition (1981)
The Devil in Miss Jones (1972)
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