By user13334066 on Shk 02, 2007
It's crazy, but there's somethin abt the Rocky series. I've seen stone cold audiences erupting into cheers and jumping up and down like crazy school children while watching rocky run up those philadelphia steps one more time. Of course, there has been lots of explanations, most prominent of them being the "underdog story". That idea of a "common man" surviving against the odds and all that bullshit.
Well yes, i do agree. but then i feel there's more to that. I mean, i agree with the underdog funda, yeah. That's very obvious anyway. But then, there's somethin more to that. How long are you going to cheer an underdog? If you closely watch the Rocky series, one to six, you will notice a simple fact - more than being shown as an underdog, Rocky is shown as a genuinely good human being. In my opinion, that's the whole point.
When we are kids, we are all "good human beings". But as experiences pile up, inevitably we end up learning that "good people finish last" (If you don't, you are plain stupid). In other words, we all reach a stage in life where we say goodbye to that fond stage of life where we tried our best to be a "good human being". In my opinon, that's what the Rocky series is all about - the illogical return of the absurd theory that good human beings do climb up those steps and raise their fist in one final hurrah.
Of course, then you ask - come on man, isn't the Rocky theme all about hard work, those one handed push ups, that will power, those knee crunching long runs, blah blah. Again, i have to return to my earlier theory, albeit in another form - if you look around, it's an accepted "norm" that good people are never agressive. Good people are supposed to be peaceful, the sort who would sit down and meditate while facing a life-threatening situation. That's where the whole idea scores, i feel - the concept of a genuinely nice person standing up against the odds, and showing the sort of hard aggression that's normally associated with cold hearted specimens handpicked by evolution to bulldoze a way ahead in life, no matter what.
So the suggestion seems to be, you can be good at heart yet still race and win.
Might not work in real life though - Look at racing, and it's so apparent. The average racer or athlete, whatever the sport may be, is programmed to exhibit a ruthless killer instinct at every point in life - whether it be on the track or while giving a press interview or while taking a simple walk along the pit lane where you just might bump againt another racer.
(Exception - #46, The Doctor)
Anyway, to everyone out there who has involuntarily hummed "Gonna fly now" while going past 10 miles at 6am, "Rocky Balboa" has crossed that magic 100 million gross.