ROCKY 40th anniversary series review

James / November 20th, 2016


  • MorePAIN

    November 20, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    Dude I was totally looking for Rocky Jumped a Park Bench. What happened to the video? I love that one!

    • bud

      November 21, 2016 at 4:20 am

      James, can you reupload it? YouTube seems to have taken it down.

      • November 21, 2016 at 4:56 am

        Sorry but I dont agree this time. F­­i­r­­s­­t time I watched Rocky 5 I didnt like it because Rocky 4 set the bar too high. But after the se­­c­­o­­n­­d time it started to grow on me and now I liked it better than all the others right after Rocky 4. The street fight is awesome but also the plot is deeper and darker in tone than the rest. Sorry but I didnt find Rocky 1 particularly good. It was fine but thats about it. I Liked Rocky 2 better. So this is my ranking:

        1. Rocky 4: the most spectacular of all them. Generic plot but very well executed in all aspects.

        2. Rocky 5. Its the total opposite of the previous one, its depressing and dark but it manages to get into you.

        3. Rocky 3. Entertaining and more appealing than the previous 2.

        4. Rocky 2. More interesting than the f­ir­­­st one, definitely.

        5. Rocky 1. Sorry, but this movie drags for me. Not that is very bad but I like the other ones better.

        6. Creed. It was okay but nothing special, kind of forgettable.

        7. Rocky 6. This one is a big PILE OF SHIT!! It should never have happened. I really hated it.

      • itscmillertime

        November 21, 2016 at 6:07 pm

        Not sure why Cain nuke hates balboa so much. I’d recommend watching again. Really is a good film.

  • Pablo1989

    November 20, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    I never fan Rocky films but Stallone make great job on these series even sometimes refer “Grudge Match” as crossover of Rocky and Raging Bull.

  • greedo

    November 20, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    James, great synopsis of the films! One point you made about the Rocky films being complete films in and of themselves is one that I had never thought of before. But you’re totally right, and it makes perfect sense. Always loved these films, and I sometimes find it strange that I do, in that my taste happens to agree with public consensus. 🙂 Seriously, though, I think that they’re all great, in their own way (Except for 5). I disagree somewhat with the reasons why, though, and I’ll get to that shortly. But I do like the fact that they don’t make Rocky out to be some kind of Superhero, but an underdog who wins out at all costs. A guy who has problems like everyone else, but somehow manages to overcome them.

  • greedo

    November 20, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    Okay, here’s my take on the films. Rocky. The original. Great film, but not the best. Even so, you could tell that there was going to be a sequel. The opening music says it all. Rocky II- Huge improvement on the original. Showing Rocky struggling to adapt to life after boxing was great, as it shows that boxing is Rocky’s life. Especially love the little aside that Rocky has with the real estate agent right after Rocky’s wedding. 🙂

  • greedo

    November 20, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    Rocky III and IV. I like both of these films. Loved seeing Mr. T in this, but *spoiler alert* hated the fact they killed Mickey off. Still, must admit that it was a great death scene. IV was absurd and overblown, & while my opinion of this film has risen- still is a bit absurd and overblown! And they killed Apollo. Why?

  • greedo

    November 20, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    Rocky V. Worst film, easily. And I’ll tell you why- it centered around that no good bozo, Tommy “Machine” Gunn. The films are no good when Rocky doesn’t box! Rocky Balboa managed to salvage some dignity for the series. As for Creed… I’m sure it’s a good film, and I’ll watch it someday. But as far as I’m concerned, series ended with Balboa. That’s a good place to end it.

  • greedo

    November 20, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    As for rankings: 1. Rocky IV
    2. Rocky III
    3. Rocky II
    4. Rocky
    5.Rocky Balboa
    6.Rocky V

  • Allen Lucas

    November 20, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    If you can James, please review each and every one of the James Bond movies throughout 2017!

  • Satnav

    November 20, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    Honestly, when I watched 5 for the initial time, I wondered why it was considered so horrible. Oh sure, it has plot oddities, and some cheesy rap soundtrack, but I actually found myself getting into the story. Technically, it’s probably better than 4, despite the latter being more cheesy fun I guess. 5 is watchable, but I think it’s bad reputation is overblown. I think honestly 3 is probably the worst, that left the least impression on me besides Mr. T, and felt just disjointed.

    As for the best, probably the original and Balboa for me, those felt the most emotionally resonant and genuine. Creed is also great, though I consider it it’s own new series.

  • November 20, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    24 xxiv on jacket obvious freemason reference lol, fuck freemasons

  • Rambowl

    November 21, 2016 at 12:36 am

    My ranking for the series is:
    1. Rocky
    2. Rocky II
    3. Rocky III
    4. Rocky IV
    5. Creed
    6. Rocky Balboa
    7. Rocky V

  • Gorlomi

    November 21, 2016 at 3:00 am

    My top: I-C-B-III-II-IV-V

  • The Wicker Man

    November 21, 2016 at 11:49 am

    For turn-off your brain entertainment value, sheer 80’s-ness (just look at Apollo’s entrance and THAT robot!) combined with a great soundtrack, Rocky IV stands above them all. It isn’t a “better movie” than I and II, but it’s the one i’ve watched the most because it’s the most fun, despite that one scene…
    Rocky V was indeed the shits though.

  • itscmillertime

    November 21, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    Good ranking. Only change I’d make would be to swap creed and rocky balboa

  • Claudio Paola

    November 21, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    Fucking awesome video, James!

  • Next

    November 22, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    You forgot to tell us about Stony! ^_^

    • Mill Borne

      November 23, 2016 at 8:51 pm

      Thank you! And yes, why the hell Stony Deleted version or unedited scenes still can’t be viewed is beyond me.

  • Don Skiver

    November 22, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    My personal ranking is as follows:

    Rocky 1

    Rocky 2

    Rocky Balboa

    Rocky 4


    Rocky 3

    and Finally Rocky 5…

  • Mill Borne

    November 23, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    Heh, Raging Bull vs The Italian Stallion…sounds like a a goddamn monster movie.

  • November 24, 2016 at 1:54 am

    1. Rocky II
    Why: Because of the one simple line, “win”.
    2. Rocky
    Why: Because, let’s face it, without it there would be no franchise. There is something to be said about establishment and/development. Characters!!! This movie connects with the audience.
    3. Creed
    Why: Because OMG what a surprise!!! It recaptured the spirit and feeling of the original, yet left me accepting and relating to a totally new character. Great movie!
    4. Rocky IV
    Why: Montages and, like you said, super villains. Hearts on Fire is on my playlist for work outs.
    5. Rocky III
    Why: Eh…. is what it is.
    6. Rocky Balboa
    Better than III, just a smidge less entertaining. Split decision. It landed here because I couldn’t find a reason to bump it up over III. But I understand if your’s is different. There was no technical elements taken into consideration. This is me simply liking it.
    7. V
    Why… it’s just the worst one in the series.

  • Pablo1989

    November 24, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    btw from wikipedia ive read V orginally had ending where Rocky dies after fight with Tommy Gunn, but Stallone disapprove that idea.

  • November 30, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    I’m not a movie fan, but I’m pretty sure I must have seen all of them, one way or another, with the exception of Balboa and Creed.

    Rocky III and IV for casual viewers such as myself might be the most spectacular of the pack.
    Probably because of Mr. T (Mario Baracus man!!) and Dolph Lundgren, which were iconic figures on my childhood (The photography on these two is worth noting!)
    James Brown and Livin’ in America, Apollo’s death, cool stuff all over Rocky IV!!

    Gotta get me Grudge Match!!!
    Thanks for your knowledge James!!

  • December 6, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    Rocky III is the best. That fight at the end is soooo satisfying.

  • December 8, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    James, you mentioned that Appolo Creed was going to be tougher in Rocky 2 because he was angry he lost the last fight. But from what I understand he won the last fight by decision in Rocky 1. Unless there is another fight in Rocky 2. Anyone know? Anyways love the review and your work. Thanks!

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