Sequel Saturday Presents Rocky 2

By Paul Anthony

This time last year the movie called Creed two was reigning supreme at the box office. Now we know Creed is a spinoff of the Rocky film series, so with that being said it is only natural we take a look at first sequel that started it all and that is Rocky 2.  Rocky 2 came out three years after Rocky part one and is a direct sequel picking up pretty much after his fight with Apollo Creed ended and they were heading to the hospital. Rocky part 1 proved to be a big hit with a budget of 1 million and grossed 225 million dollars which in 1976 was a great deal of money, even better when you say the budget was only 1 million. In This film they got the entire cast to return and the budget was bigger at 7 million and the film though grossed less then the first still grossed 200 million, not bad all and even though it didn’t make as much money, many people still considered it a great follow up.

Like I said before the movie starts right after the match with Creed and Rocky who then announces that he is retiring and moving with his life. Which he does, he gets married and buys a new home and car and brings in some money through commercials but then that doesn’t end well and the money stops coming in. Meanwhile Apollo Creed isn’t doing much better despite being the champion and making the cash, he starts to be criticize for the split decision because it means he was awarded the win because he was the champion. Still despite them agreeing to a no rematch, Creed begins to smear Rocky’s name to get him out of retirement and at first Rocky blows it off like it is no big deal but then times begin to get hard for Rocky, who loses his job at the Meat Market, which forces Adrian to return to the pet shop for money. Rocky unable to get a job realizes he is a fighter and nothing else but he has to convince his wife to let him return and so he does agreeing to fight Apollo Creed for the title once again. This time he needs to train to protect him and his injured eye which means he needs to lead with his right hand instead of his left. So the fight begins pretty much like their first with Rocky taking the bulk of the beating until the end when Rocky goes back to being lefthanded and gets the upper hand and in the final moments he knockouts Creed for the title and he yells to Adrian whos is watching from home “I did it” and she returns by saying yes you did and the film ends.

Now For a sequel I am giving this film a very high praise and the film never skipped a beat and the story made sense. it gave us a good follow up story because we knew the story couldn’t have ended the way it did. I am giving this film a A plus or right around 95 percent, it was very hard to point out anything that I didn’t like maybe a second or two but that is about it. Even If you don’t sport’s films I would say this is a must see film.

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