Hot Take: As a sucker for boxing movies and native of the Philly suburbs, do you really think there’s a chance I didn’t love this movie?
Someone asked me recently if Rocky was a real person. Even though Rocky Balboa — the character at the center of a cinematic franchise which has now spawned 8 films — is loosely based on a real boxer (Chuck Wepner), Rocky is technically not real. However, if you’re from the Philadelphia area and you’re familiar with the Rocky story right down to the “Rocky steps” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art or the Rocky statue which once lived outside the old Spectrum but now spends its days just northeast of those famed steps, you’d be hard pressed to find anyone that doesn’t consider Rocky Balboa influential. If you really want to understand how important Rocky is to the city of Philadelphia, Sylvester Stallone who portrays Rocky is beloved in Philadelphia AND a native New Yorker. So, even though I eventually answered “no” to the question about Rocky’s reality, it wasn’t as simple as that. Now, that the Rocky universe has a second life in Adonis Creed, son of Apollo Creed (portrayed in the first four Rocky films by Carl Weathers before meeting his demise at the hands of Ivan Drago), it still continues to hang on to Rocky as the catalyst to keep this story moving along. For this franchise to live on, it’s going to take the Adonis character (eventually), to continue the Rocky legacy. What would have seemed like an impossible task before Creed, at least seemed like something to consider. We’re going to have to say goodbye to Rocky at some point as sad as that is for all of us invested in the Rocky character. The question remains: Can Adonis Creed connect enough to carry the Rocky franchise into the next decade? If Creed II is an indication, it feels as though the answer is still maybe but it’s closer to yes than it was before Creed II.Read More →