Michael James’s review published on Letterboxd:
Rocky is a classic underdog story & one of the greatest sports film ever made. It’s impact is undisputed, with sequels popping up even after so many decades. The movie made Sylvester Stallone an overnight sensation & Balboa, a pop culture craze. Stallone wrote & starred in one of his most iconic role ever oozing with passion, heart & motivation. The direction from John Avildsen is just outstanding.
The story follows Rocky Balboa, a small time boxer working as a debt collector for a loan shark in Philadelphia, later gets a shot at the world heavyweight championship when Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers), decides to give a local contender an opportunity of a lifetime. The movie shot at a very low budget, the technicality level is below par, but it’s screenplay, well written characters, pulsating musical score with its adrenaline pumping fight sequences turn it into an epic inspiring watch.