Sylvester Stallone has named making Rocky Balboa one of the most memorable moments of his career and hes right the film was something of a miracle. Rocky Balboa first appeared in the 1976 sports drama Rocky which was itself the start of Stallones Hollywood success. Rockys popularity spawned a sequel Rocky II which saw Balboa win the heavyweight championship. Subsequent sequels Rocky III and Rocky IV built on the boxers story although the disappointment of Rocky V seemingly brought the franchise to an end.
However 2006 saw Stallone return as Rocky for Rocky Balboa reviving the franchise after the disappointing Rocky V. Rocky Balboa saw the aging fighter trying to turn back the years by coming out of retirement to fight Mason Dixon a young undefeated champion in an exhibition bout. Sylvester Stallone has since named making the film as one of his personal favorite career moments and his comments about the difficulty he had making it highlight just what a miracle the films existence and its success really are.As the Rocky franchise appeared to be dead in the water after Rocky V Stallone had a hard time getting Rocky Balboa made. Not only did the film recapture the magic of Rockys original success but it also reignited interest in the character and his films and proved that there were more stories to be told in the franchise. Rocky Balboas success then led to the popular Creed spin off movies backing up Stallones sentiment about the films importance.
Rocky Balboa Is Sylvester Stallones Favorite Career Moment
As well as marking a return to form for the franchise Rocky Balboa was also a moment of triumph for Sylvester Stallone. Stallone wrote produced starred in and directed the film and the franchises creator recently described Rocky Balboa as his most memorable career moment. Stallone shared his reasoning behind what made Rocky Balboa such a triumphant moment for him and why its one of his proudest accomplishments.According to Stallone Rocky Balboa was almost impossible to make as no one wanted to make it. He explained that managing to make the filmagainst all odds is what makes it his most memorable career moment describing it as the ultimate challenge. Stallones allusions to the difficulties he faced draw parallels between the movie itself and Balboas motto from Rocky Balboa and they also highlight how passionate the actor is about the franchise he created.
Why Was Rocky Balboa Happening So Unlikely?
Though the Rocky franchise is now stronger than ever thanks to the success of the Creed movies at one time it appeared to be thoroughly finished. Before Rocky Balboas release the Rocky franchise was seemingly over thanks almost entirely to the failure of Rocky V. Widely considered the franchises low point Rocky V saw Balboa retire from boxing after his fight with Ivan Drago with a conveniently written plot involving the boxers financial situation forcing him into the role of boxing trainer to young fighter Tommy Gunn Tommy Morrison.Rocky Vs story remains unappreciated by viewers due to its departure from the established format of the franchises previous installments. Though its story was necessary from a narrative point of view in order to re establish a grounded tone after Rocky IV broke the franchises realism Rocky V failed to capture the essence of its titular character. This resulted in the studio and many others losing faith in the franchise which turned making Rocky Balboa into an uphill battle for Stallone. This was compounded by 12 years having passed since Rocky V and Sylvester Stallones own career taking a few hits of its own in that time but ultimately he managed to make the film.
Rocky Balboa Is A Good Movie and Reminds Why Rocky Always Worked
Though Rocky V had broken the faith that many once placed in the franchise Rocky Balboa was able to win it back. The sixth installment into the franchise was not only able to work on multiple levels but it recaptured the underdog elements that made the Rocky franchise famous. With Rocky grieving the death of his wife Adrian the film also carries the emotional weight necessary to make it an excellent drama something which hadnt been fully achieved since the franchises very first entry in 1976.By taking the franchise back to its dramatic roots with an underdog story the Rocky Balboa film was able to achieve substantial success. It gently leaned into all the things that made the character of Rocky so iconic while also offering a story that draws parallels with his beginning. This made Rocky Balboa feel at once like a continuation and an ending to the franchise which was enough to secure the interest of those who disliked Rocky V.
Rocky Balboa Replaces Rocky Vs Bad Ending With A Great One
Rocky V saw Balboa become a boxing trainer in a clear attempt to move the franchises story forward and establish some physical consequences for the physical punishment Rocky endured in the ring. However not only was Rocky V generally disliked but its ending effectively did away with the films own premise undermining itself in what is by far the worst ending in the entire franchise. Rocky Vs ending was bad but the film also seemingly ended the franchise meaning that the iconic character almost faded into history on a particularly sour note.Rocky Balboa may have been difficult for Stallone to make but it was vital in the way it gave Rocky one final outing as a sort of do over for Rocky V. In that sense the film works as an allegory for Stallones own difficulty in recreating the success of the original Rocky. By having Rocky lose his fight against world champion Mason The Line Dixon Rocky Balboas ending drew parallels with Rockys the Italian Stallion may have lost but he won the respect that he was fighting for and the result wasnt what mattered. This made Rocky Balboas ending the satisfying conclusion to Rockys career that Rocky V robbed the character of giving the franchise an opportunity to finish in the right way.
Rocky Balboa Is The Reason The Creed Franchise Could Happen
Rocky Balboa wasnt the end though. The success of the film reignited interest in the franchise as well as made it feel relevant to a younger audience. These factors combined led to the franchise being rebooted shifting to follow the boxing career of Apollo Creeds son Adonis with Rocky acting as his trainer. Though the Rocky movies are often considered better than Creeds the spin off marked a change in the franchise allowing for future movies to go ahead without Stallones involvement.It was Rocky Balboas success that allowed Creed to continue the franchise. Without Rocky Balboa to fix the franchises reputation Creed likely never would have come to pass and Rockys final film also led the way for him to become Adonis Creeds trainer by working through his own unresolved feelings about boxing. Rocky Balboa introduced the idea of Rocky as a retired fighter and Stallones ability to make it work was ultimately what allowed Creed to change the franchises focus to the younger fighter. This means that not only did Rocky Balboa save the franchises reputation but it allowed for its continuation even after Rocky can no longer return proving that Stallone is right about the film being miraculous.