The real question with Rocky III was how Sylvester Stallone could twist the plot to make an interesting difference. He manages.
Revisiting the champ three years after the big victory, we find him and wife Talia Shire happily married with a son, a big house, lots of money and media attention after successfully defending his title 10 times.
But Clubber Lang, menacingly and beautifully played by Mr T, is also tough and hungry for a title shot. Ailing Burgess Meredith tells Stallone he’s no longer a match for T and should retire gracefully. But Stallone insists on proving himself and quickly goes down for the count under T’s hammering.
Though lion-hearted and iron-jawed, it’s obvious now that Stallone has never been a very skilled boxer. But Carl Weathers steps in to teach and train him, if Stallone can work up the will.
As usual, Stallone the writer-director is less successful in handling all the dramatic interims than staging the battles.