I went this afternoon to see Rocky Balboa with a friend. We both really enjoyed it. I loved the first movie, enjoyed the next couple and winced at the last one. I was afraid that this one might be another lame 'comeback' movie but it turned out to be a film about loss and grief and finding ways to carry on.
The film opens on Adrian and Rocky's anniversary but Adrian has died of 'women's cancer' so Rocky drags Paulie with him on a tour of their first date. Eventually Rocky does end up back in the ring but the training and fight scenes are brief. Mostly the film deals with Rocky's struggles to come to terms with his life without Adrian and without boxing. It is poignant and a little sad and a little hopeful and maybe even a little joyful.