Rocky II

Rocky II has to be regarded as one of the greatest sequels of all time. I know that there are some who prefer the first movie and that is fine, but for me, I have always liked Rocky II better. As I did with the original Rocky, while we will look at the plot of the movie, I want to more focus on my memories of the movie and how it had a lasting effect on me.

How to Download Rocky II

The film was released on June 15, 1979. You can download or stream the film from a digital platform. Click on the Download button at the end of this review and make your choice.

The Movie Review

Okay, so before we take a walk down my memory lane, let’s look at how things are going for The Italian Stallion in Rocky II. Rocky II picks up right after the first movie. Rocky and Apollo are in the hospital dealing with the aftermath of their fight. We find out that Rocky is in really bad shape and needs surgery to repair his eye.

Rocky II – The Key Facts

Fact Information
Movie Title Rocky II
Release Date June 15, 1979
Main Focus Sequel’s Impact and Personal Memories
Download and Streaming Available for download/streaming
Plot Overview Continuation of Rocky’s journey after his first fight with Apollo
Apollo’s Role Significant role and impact on the storyline
Rematch and Dynamics Rocky’s acceptance of rematch due to financial problems and Apollo’s taunts
Epic Conclusion Memorable hospital scene and thrilling Rocky-Apollo rematch
Personal Connection Viewer’s personal memories of watching Rocky II with their dad
Anticipation and Excitement Excitement about watching Rocky II and discussing it with dad
Initial Impressions Initial dislike of Apollo’s character and excitement for Rocky’s fights
Entertainment Value Crude humor and engaging storyline for entertainment
Impact and Timelessness Considered a timeless classic with enduring appeal

Apollo’s Role and Impact

One of the things that often gets ignored with Rocky II is that I feel this is just as much Apollo’s movie as it is Rocky’s. Apollo is so mad that Rocky took him the distance and his ego will not allow him to believe that it was anything more than a fluke. I love the performance of Carl Weathers in Rocky II, it is truly some of the best stuff that he has ever done.

The Rematch and Dynamic

Rocky wants to retire and live a normal life, but financial problems and the constant jabs from Apollo eventually get him to accept the rematch. This is just such a great movie and I think that the way Rocky and Apollo are different is what makes them work so well together.

Epic Conclusion

The whole final act in Rocky II still to this day gives me goosebumps, the scene with Adrian in the hospital where she gives him her blessing to take the fight is just epic in every sense of the word. The fight between Rocky and Apollo is even more exciting than the first one and even though I have seen it a million times, I still find it amazing.

Personal Connection and First Viewing

In my Rocky review (which you need to read before going any further here) I talked about how watching Rocky with my dad was something that he was so excited for. Well, I never knew that there was a Rocky II until after we had seen Rocky 1. My dad did not tell me this was a series, but as soon as I heard that there was a Rocky II, I begged my dad to go and get it.

Anticipation and Excitement

Of course, this was exactly what he wanted to hear! We went to the video store on a Friday after school and I was so excited to watch Rocky II and eat all of the snacks that we had bought. I kept asking my dad question after question about Rocky II, but he would not budge! I never saw a trailer, I never knew anything about it all I knew was that it was a sequel to the epic movie I saw just a week prior.

Initial Impressions and Emotions

I still remember watching Rocky II for the first time. I was lying on my stomach on the rug, just so excited for it to start. What I mainly remember about Rocky II was that I had a real concern about Rocky and him getting into a fight again! The first time I saw Rocky II, I actually hated Apollo! I thought that he was just a jerk and while I did not want Rocky to get hurt, I wanted to see him kick Apollo’s butt!

A Timeless Classic

Rocky II is awesome in every way. I prefer it to the first movie, but I would not say by a ton, I mean, to be honest with you they are pretty much level the more that I think about. Rocky II is one of those movies that I feel like everyone should watch. I would be more shocked if someone had not seen Rocky, but I think like the original, it has aged perfectly and is just as good today as it was back in 79.

Rocky II
Rocky II is the 1979 sequel to the succussful 1976 sports drama movie. Download it now and see what Rocky Balboa was up to this time.
9.5 Total Score
Rocky II Review Summary

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  • I love how we get a much more fleshed out Apollo Creed in this movie
  • I like the fight even more in this one
  • This movie has more polish than the first one did
  • The whole final act has you on the edge of your seat
  • Like the first Rocky, some of the DVD releases of this are like they slapped the VHS version on a disc!
  • Apollo Creed would go on to be my favorite character in the franchise, but when I watch this I think he is a jerk!
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Jason Delacey

Jason Delacey

Jason is a 40-year-old writer from Northern England. He has been playing video games his whole life and writing about them for over a decade. As well as enjoying gaming into the wee hours of the morning, Jason is a real film fanatic too! He is open to watching all genres of movies from animated singing animals to brutal horror!

Jason loves to give his honest opinion on games, movies, TV shows and is always willing to give anything a try!

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