Creed- Review

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael B. Jordan Michael B. Jordan
Sylvester Stallone Sylvester Stallone
Tessa Thompson Tessa Thompson
Phylicia Rashad Phylicia Rashad
Andre Ward Andre Ward
Tony Bellew Tony Bellew

 

Plot- The former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson, the son of his late friend and former rival Apollo Creed.

Review-  Nobody wanted a new Rocky film.

Nobody.

Even Sylvester Stallone had had enough of the character after Rocky Balboa and only after being stalked by the director (Ryan Coogler) did he eventually consent to appear.

And that’s a really, really good thing because this film is awesome.

Even if the soundtrack is missing a certain song…

Michael B. Jordan (magnificently atoning for Fan4stic) is a revelation as (the somewhat interestingly named) Adonis Johnson/Creed, a young man determined to become a boxer in his own right and not simply be known as the son of Apollo Creed.

To this end, he recruits Rocky to become his trainer and prove his worth by taking on erm….. Hang on a second whilst I check IMDB…. Random English bloke! (Actual boxer Tony “Bomber” Bellow in his first film role)

Amazingly plotted, scripted, and filmed with the highlight being a six minute one-take masterpiece of two rounds of a boxing match. During one particular moment the entire audience gasped as a character fell to the floor in glorious slow motion.

Creeds story feels mostly realistic, with a few admittedly cheesy and some actually chuckle worthy moments. Sly as an aging Rocky does a career best performance with a few genuinely touching moments as the two form a father and son bond.

And let us not forget Tessa Thompson as Bianca who is a character worthy of a film in her own right instead of simply being ‘The Love Interest.’

Even if the plot is slightly predictable, Creed is an absolute knockout.

My Score- See It Now

 

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