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Balboa

February 9, 2008 by Richard Wright in Journal, Life

It’s a boy thing, isn’t it? The Rocky films? A boy thing? I have to assume so.

I watched Rocky Balboa a few nights ago, initially with my partner, and then not so much, because she found it so unbearably amusing that she had to leave the room. I can see the film’s faults clearly enough – it’s ridiculously bombastic, often preposterously sentimental, much like the original.

And yet… and yet…

I love it. I want to cheer at absurd moments. I want to get beaten to a bloody pulp, just so I can find the strength to stand one last time. I want Survivor to compose me a personal anthem, so that I can star in my very own extended training montage, and whale on some food products.

It’s a boy thing, yes? The boy equivalent of Dirty Dancing. I know it’s wrong, but I just can’t help myself…

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  1. KirstyFebruary 9, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    Oh yes, definitely a boy thing…

  2. KatFebruary 9, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    I don’t know, perhaps I have an excess of testosterone, but I do love those movies..especially Rocky 4. I haven’t seen the new one, simply because the one with Tommy Morrison was pretty awful, but I no doubt will eventually 🙂

  3. Richard WrightFebruary 9, 2008 at 8:31 pmAuthor

    Ahhh… Rocky 4, in which Rocky takes on the Terminator and ends the Cold War. A classic 😉

    I wrenched myself through 5, promising never to watch another Rocky again. The new one’s good though, really good, and right back to the roots of the first film (in fact, you could take the other four out, and this would be the perfect sequel to the first). Trust me, if you liked the original, you’ll love this – rent it soon!

  4. JackieApril 28, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    I loved the original Rocky when it came out. Now? I’d probably laugh through most of it. But I get what you’re saying/feeling. I think the part that made me sentimental is the theme music. Come on! The Rocky Theme Music? That makes anybody want to run up those steps!

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