It's a surprisingly simple movie for two hours - Rocky's a bum, he coulda been somebody, but he's a bum, he's got turtles, and he works really hard to come up with jokes to impress the chick at the pet store. After an hour of this, he's offered the chance to fight the champion in a staged bit of sports theater. (What, a sporting event that's something other than a completely fair match?) And then they fight, and the movie's over.
I'm a little curious to see some of the other movies in the series now to see how the formula gets adapted to sequels. If nothing else, Rocky II has "Eye of the Tiger", Rocky III has Mr. T, Rocky IV has Dolph Lundgren. Oh, dear God. I just watched the trailer for Rocky IV, with Dolph clearly set up as the high-tech cold war nemesis. Remember when the Russians were a high-tech cold war nemesis?
Still to go (ostensibly by the end of the year, but unlikely):
- The Elephant Man
- The Deer Hunter
- American Graffiti
- The French Connection
- The Last Picture Show
- Das Boot
The last two I can watch on the XBox, the last 3 I can watch on my PC, and the first one I'll get started on tomorrow morning. I think I'll miss my goal, but only by a bit.