Buy Rocky Clothing Line This Christmas

Are you stuck on Christmas gifts or goals for the upcoming 2022?

Don’t worry, You’ve come to the right place

What better way to celebrate Christmas this year with Rocky tracksuits, gloves and a punching bag.

A franchise that started way back in 1976 and still going strong as shown in the upcoming Creed 3, which will be Michael Jordan’s directorial debut.

Now is the perfect time to start training just how Rocky did in the first film. This time, you can skip driving to sports shops to get your sweat on. Luckily, Stallone has released a website, which contains iconic clothing from his most successful franchises. One of them of course being Rocky and the clothing is as original as the invention of sliced bread.

Take a look!

A sweater to keep you comfy during a winter’s morning run.

A classic look when paired with the sweater.

A classic tee, a must for Rocky fans.

These are only a handful of items to purchase, with several designs available on his website. The clothing ensures high quality and would be perfect for exercising and casual wear.

Without further ado, go see for yourself. Visit the Stallone website here.

What’s your favorite design?

Author Bio

Sam is a content writer. He loves all elements connected with film and writes with passion, always. You can find him on Linkedin, where you will be able to read more articles. When he is not writing, you can find him practicing football

How the Rambo Series Aged

Has the Rambo series aged like a fine wine or has it left us wanting more?

John Rambo has become a statement and an iconic figure in the action genre. On the surface, he is portrayed as a one-man army but beneath this, he has carried a sense of vulnerability that has been carried in each film. After all the years, the character still interests me even when portrayed in 80’s directorial fashion with some of the sequels.  

Culturally, audiences of action cinema know Rambo as an unstoppable machine. However, his character has been I believe misunderstood over the recent years. Throughout the series, the character of John Rambo is portrayed as a silent, stoic, and strong one-army type of character. One who uses few words to express his emotions but only through physical violence. You can see the portrayal of his character as a victim of social injustice in First Blood to becoming a father figure in Rambo Last Blood (2019).

The first film is a drama, a character study into the post-war condition of soldiers. It nails that focus down on one man, John Rambo. Due to the film’s financial success, this would later bread the ground for 4 more installments, which would explore a new dimension to the character each time. This dimension shows audiences how much of a macho man Stallone is, which nearly counterpoints the emotional finale to the first film, showcasing how human he is.   

First Blood 

First Blood was directed by Ted Kotcheff and was based on the novel by David Morell. With 1 casualty, First Blood is barely an action film. He is struggling to find his identity and recovering from past traumas, this makes him lonely and isolated.

After the Vietnam war, regardless of ethnicity, many American citizens saw veterans as trouble to society because they were opposed to the general ideologies of the war effort and they were seen as violent men with violent pasts who couldn’t function normally in society and therefore, they were seen as a threat to society when compared to the normal white middle-class man who perhaps didn’t fight in the Vietnam war. 

As the plot progresses, he travels to the town named Hope in Washington, he is then stopped by the town’s sheriff, who questions him and considers him to be an unwanted nuisance, when Rambo asks for directions, the sheriff drives him out of town and tells him not to come back. When he returns, the sheriff arrests him on 3 accounts, including him owning a concealed weapon, his knife. He is put in prison and is physically abused which triggers his PTSD from the Vietnam War. He manages to escape and the whole police department are on the lookout, whilst Rambo hides in a forest.

He relies on his guerilla warfare tactics from his experiences in the war to protect himself against any oncoming police. However, in this circumstance, he is a vulnerable character who is a victim of social injustice. The film’s execution resembles a deeper interest to explore a look at the vulnerable traits of the character whilst also showcasing his abilities to out-smart the police. The combination is tonally satisfying. It also introduced audiences to Jerry Goldsmith’s score that would complement the film’s main themes nicely. Jerry Goldsmith would later compose the score to The Mummy, starring Brendan Fraser. 

First Blood is a fantastic film and I truly believe that the film is oscar material with a terrific and grounded performance by Stallone. It’s a film that on one hand is an exciting chase through forests and roads, but on the other, is a veteran who has fallen victim to social injustice. This results in a lovely combo, just like peanut butter and jelly.

First Blood Part 2 and Rambo 3 

First Blood part 2 (Kotcheff, 1982) has a different connotation to the masculinity portrayed in the first film, largely due to the political context of the film’s release but also the construction of the plot setting.  This time, the government sends him on a top-secret mission to rescue US prisoners in Vietnam only to be betrayed by Murdock who aborts the rescue helicopter, leaving Rambo to escape himself against countless soldiers. 

The screenplay was written by James Cameron who would later direct classics such as Terminator 2 and Titanic.  This plot alone makes for a great action film because we can root for John Rambo. Like the original, he has been placed into a position that is not entirely his fault. This story is then followed by heaps and heaps of ridiculous action set pieces.

This fact alone has clouded the audience’s perception of this character that the character’s main selling point is the action factor. However, when you look beyond the action, there is a character and a plot that you can get behind although executed in a very 80’s manner, in the likes of films such as Commando. The fact that he gets left behind is another great scenario to put the character in.  

In the finale of the film, Rambo returns to the base with the intention to threaten Murdock with rage and to destroy his office. During this scene, Rambo destroys his office using his machine gun. Although this action leaves an aggressive footprint it does emphasize the idea of Rambo being a victim of social injustice as he is left and abandoned in the mission. It’s this reason that’s perhaps the root cause of his occurring outbursts.

The objective success of these sequels is sometimes dependent on whether or not audiences can buy into Rambo’s reasoning for his actions. To me, First Blood was such a great character set up in the first place, that I can somewhat understand Rambo’s more internal-driven choices.  

First Blood part 2 would be the sequel that would change the series forever, by setting the tone and foundation that the later sequels would build on. The second film established John Rambo as a ruthless killing machine, which the first film was not. Stallone seemed never once interested to change this establishment.

He would later form a father/son relationship with the character of Colonel Trautman. He is also the character that Rambo goes out and saves in Rambo 3 (MacDonald, 1988), where he would constantly put his life on the line by defeating thousands of enemies to rescue him. The main enemy this time was the Russian Colonel played by Marc De Jonge.  

Rambo 

The fourth installment Rambo (Stallone, 2008) being the most violent entry is written and directed by Sylvester Stallone who would later direct The Expendables.  The film emphasizes his isolation as a character. This time the film has a more realistic political setting, set in Burma, which is hailed as a war zone. The plot follows Rambo living on the Thai border; missionaries go and give aid to citizens who are in need. When they don’t return, Rambo takes matters into his own hands. 

With this plot, we see brutal warfare being played out. Due to the distressing nature of the violence, we again root for Rambo’s character to do what is right when he is up against ruthless leaders. The violence in this film is less cartoonish than it was in parts 2 and 3 as it leans more towards extreme violence, which was controversial to some viewers.

I can understand the controversy, but the violence could be seen as another selling point to action fans. The film would conclude with him returning home which was a nostalgic nod to the first film.  

Rambo Last Blood 

Rambo Last Blood contains a plot that appeals to both fatherhood and family. It’s a recycled story that has been done to death in the action gene, yet it feels fresh in this franchise because it adds new themes to this character. These themes weren’t explored in the previous films.

The film even concludes with the character leaving an iconic legacy behind that will be remembered by fans over the course of history. In keeping with the word of Colonel Trautman, Rambo has come full circle in accepting himself and his past. The ending is perhaps symbolic of that idea. The ending also shows that he was driven by heart to do the right thing. It emphasizes an ache for lacking a family on his behalf and you really feel that when it is accompanied by Brian Tyler’s excellent soundtrack.

This film could have been an action film with no substance but there is a noble attempt to make us care about John Rambo for the 5th installment. Although, several people will dismiss these films for being standard B action films. Common complaints surrounding Last Blood was the violence. The violence this time around may come across as animalistic and too brutal.

To conclude, the sequels became increasingly Hollywoodized in each outing, with its depiction of ludicrous spectacle. However, behind this, you can extract interesting themes and messages from each sequel. The first film is about the post-war condition exploring themes of mental health and physical vulnerability, the 2nd is about betrayal, the 3rd is about friendship, the 4th is about warfare and the 5th is about Fatherhood and legacy.

This appeal goes beyond the spectacle, which has been the cultural connotation that most audiences have had with this franchise. Audiences should be invited to watch these films in a different vein, seeing the character as a victim of social injustice rather than a complete one army machine that Hollywood was more interested in showing.

It’s true with different writers, we would have gotten higher quality sequels but the themes of the character are what sticks with you the most. Despite the unbelievable action, there is a realism and resemblance with the character that I’m sure will be timeless in action hero cinema.  

All in all, despite the fact the series decline in quality, there is still something to enjoy in each film, whether you are a fan of hard-knuckled drama, over the stop-action sequences, realistic warfare, and the plot to Taken. It’s hard to argue that the Rambo series doesn’t include all of these themes. For me, I wished the series stuck with the same tone from the first film.

Whats next for John Rambo

What could have been exciting was that Stallone at one point wanted to develop a Rambo prequel TV series, called New Blood. The series was set to explore Rambo’s experience in the Vietnam war before First Blood. However, the show has been cancelled. You can read more about it here.

If you are a fan of Rambo, you can buy replicas and clothing on the Stallone website.

Purchase the Rambo collection here.

What do you think?

Has this franchise evolved for the better or worse?

Author Bio

Sam is a content writer. He loves all elements connected with film and writes with passion, always. You can find him on Linkedin, where you will be able to read more articles. When he is not writing, you can find him practicing football

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