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An "underdog" story from top to bottom
Rocky, is a completely "underdog" story with itself and its production's background. Sylvester Stallone's intention while writing this story and his sacrifices to play Rocky character, are fascinating as movie. Although Sly's acting was not appreciated from the authorities, his acting was quite good despite Rocky was one of the his first movies. According to most people, Rocky's story is simultaneously with Sly's life and this makes movie more special. That's why, reading the background of filming process is highly recommended before watching Rocky.
As most sport movies, the message of the movie is that you should do your best regardless the circumstances. When Rocky is watched now, it has some cliches. However, these cliches do not disturb audience's pleasure. Intercalarily, Rocky can be considered as a clicheless movie according to a film made in 1976. Despite its all filming inexperiences and its all shooting mistakes, Rocky is accepted as a cult for cinema community. Since, these inexperiences and mistakes contribute involuntarily to movie's effort to reflect Rocky's "underdog" life.
When all features of the Rocky are considered as a whole, it can be seen that Rocky is not only a sport movie. It is a movie could change most people's world view. It gives people a way of thinking and teaches them life's dark and painful side. It shows them, the important thing is not to reach the top, but to fight on this way. While doing these all, it achieves to get audience into different feelings. Therefore, Rocky is more than a sport movie. It is a cult gains people a world view and deserves its score absolutely.