Sunday, June 30, 2013

Does "Rocky" Represent The American Dream?

(Commercial Sting with of the American Gladiators first run's final season's ten seconds theme with James Standing next to Army Text saying The Last Of The Americans. Then a rubber stamp stamps over the entire thing the word Editorial)

I'm James Faraci, The Last Of The Americans and the views I'm about to express are that of my own and some of yours. With the Fourth Of July is around the corner, several thoughts crossed my mind. One, Is TV Land going to do a weekend marathon of M*A*S*H? Two, would our founding fathers like what has happened to their homeland they founded? Three Which store carries the biggest steak that I can grill at the most affordable price or the most amount of Hamburger or ground beef, one of the three, as long as I get to put beef to the grill I'm happy. And finally Does the Rocky film franchise accurately represent the American Dream? Well unfortunately there is no simple yes or no answer because quite honestly The American Dream is different to everyone and for the Character of Rocky Balboa his was to go the distance in the first movie and his dream changed when he married Adrian and had a kid in the second one which was not ONLY go the distance but to provide not only a better life for himself but for his wife and newborn son. The Third movie has him now living his version of the American Dream but when someone younger and more hungrier than Rocky takes away not only his pride and dignity, he's a broken shell trying to understand why he feels even though he's living his American Dream he hasn't fulfilled his dream. So when he came back stronger and better than before it was because he had the right people backing him, his wife, his old opponent turned best friend Apollo Creed, Duke (Apollo's manager), Paulie and Rocky Jr. While yeah the fourth one is goofy and so completely dated this is another chapter of Rocky's friend Apollo dies and with it Apollo's  American Dream which forces Rocky to go to war so no one he knows and cares for have to die and while the fifth one has him dealing with the end of his American Dream he can't cope when it all collapsed in around him but while he does get the message that just because his American Dream ended poorly doesn't mean the American Dream for those around him isn't over and neither is his American Dream and while in the sixth one a lot of people are telling him not to chase it anymore he wants to at least try even if he does feel silly doing it. Which is probably a lot more than I can say about most of us. For most of us we know that it's going to take hard work and why when we see Rocky climbing up the Museum of Art's steps for the first time in the first movie before the successful montage he's winded, he's tired, he wants to call it a day early but knows he can't because he wants to do it, he wants to go the distance even though the people around him are saying there's no light at the end of the tunnel, he tries and when he succeeded he felt he had to climb a bigger mountain which he did in the rest of the franchise. But the question still lingers Does "Rocky" represent the American Dream? Well I think for Sylvester Stallone Rocky Balboa does represent his American Dream and I say good for Sylvester for accomplishing his American Dream to help others aspire their own American Dream through Rocky whether it is to go the distance and succeed or whether it is to just make it to the end of the day. And while I feel Rocky doesn't represent the original intent of the American Dream of Life, Liberty & The Pursuit Of Happiness he represents his own American Dream to aspire, to achieve what he wants to and to serve as inspiration to show that you can aspire and achieve just like he did and you know what I still hope to achieve my American Dream, so to Sylvester Stallone I thank you for making your American Dream come true so others can aspire to achieve their own American Dream. I'm James Faraci, The Last Of The Americans and that's my opinion! Now if you'll excuse me, I've got some running to do. ("Gonna Fly Now" by Bill Conti Plays in the background as James runs for what many people would think is an eternity eventually going to the top of the steps Rocky ran at lightning speed as he makes it all the way to the top with the Statue of Rocky in the foreground angled where James is standing at the top of the steps)