First, let me get my personal motivation out of the way. For me it was just enough to see Sylvester Stallone on the big screen. For whatever reason I'd never had the chance to see one of my favorite actors on the big screen. I have seen just about all of his movies but none until now on the big one. Old as he maybe, he can still deliver just as well. People never gave him a fair chance at acting or for anything other than action flicks. I'd ask such people to have a look at "FIST" and "COPLAND".
To the movie.
Don't go out to watch Rocky Bablboa to watch an action movie. If you want boxing action you can find it in Rocky 3 and Rocky 4 - well executed. This movie returns to the core of the first one. It digs in, once again, to say the same thing. It's only about getting to the fight that matters. If you stand up till you have nothing left you have won far more than anything you could put a price on. I loved the melodrama, I enjoyed the dialogs. The best scene was the talk he had with his kid outside Adrian's*. That scene summed up the entire series. The fight is as expected. I was left wanting more but that's when the message hit me harder than anything else. For once, I feel, we are getting to see a proper farewell to a series. Alien series got screwed up. Terminator series got botched. Rocky 5 tried to mess this up but this here returns to end it well.
(Everything about it is old. The loneliness. The training montage. The fight. The old Rocky. The Old Sly. The old message.)
It touches those that care. It begs to fight. Hell I loved it. The audience cheered at the end. Some might have missed the subtleties but I bet they can't get those* words out of their minds.