Saturday, October 16, 2010

Film Review - Rocky III (1982)

Rocky III is the third entry in this series and this time, a new champion emerges named Clubber Lang; the big screen debut of Mr. T but Rocky proves to be no match for him in the ring, but Apollo Creed comes calling again and tells him why he lost, he lost his edge otherwise called 'the eye of the Tiger' and he's got to get it back.

Rocky III is a more glossier picture than the first two which were more down to earth in their setting, here things seem brighter and better looking, the film is also brisker than the previous two films but the final bout here is nowhere near the brilliance of Rocky 2's final battle as it's over before it begins and Lang is not an effective villain, he's a loudmouth punk and as a result, you don't get any involvement in the payoff.

One thing I did enjoy though was the chemistry between Stallone and Weathers, the two play off each other very well but not even they can lift the film out of its overall mediocrity.

All in all, only for diehard Rocky fans, 2 out of 5.

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