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Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan in Creed (2015)Review

Creed (Drama, Sport) (2015)

 

Director: Ryan Coogler

Writers: Ryan Coogler (screenplay), Aaron Covington (screenplay)

Stars: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Tony Bellew

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From a young age, Adonis Johnson has always had a fighting spirit. He grew up without his parents, in a Children’s Penitentiary. His father Apollo Creed died when he was very young, and he had never seen his mother until she showed up at the penitentiary came to come and get him after living with his mother for several years he learned where his feisty attitude came from and learned more about his dad and his respective career.

Because of his urge to follow his father’s footsteps, he quit his regular job later in life and followed his dreams to become a pro-boxer under the name of his mother so that he could build his own legacy and not just piggy-back of the success of his father.  However... Boxing typically isn’t something wealthy people do that is why Adonis had difficulty getting a gym to train him as he lived in a big mansion with his mother presumably all paid with Apollo Creed’s fighting money. That is why he moved to New York and sought out his father’s rival Rocky Balboa and ask him for guidance and training to make it in the boxing world. Starting from scratch and earning his place in the boxing Hall of Fame.

In all honesty, I can’t remember ever-watching the Rocky films. Saying that I probably did see them, but that was a long time ago. Lucky for anyone that either didn’t see the movies or can’t recollect them either Creed stands on its own very well. So anyone can freely watch it even if it’s nice to know some things about the Rocky movies here and there. Adonis is an interesting character, and it’s nice to see the perspective of the son of Rocky Balboa’s archrival as he goes through several gyms practising fight against some of the best up and coming boxers, which they show off in a way that tries to be as professional as they can while not making it purely about the sport, as they show little spreadsheets with the names, nicknames, weight and height of the fantasy fighters. Stuff like that was done pretty well and kept the movie fluid. Clearly, they thought everything out well and at no point in the movie does it start to feel dull or lacklustre. The story of Adonis Creed might not be as memorable as Rocky Balboa’s journey, but it’s still a great film to watch over and over.

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Verdict

Truly a must-see for Rocky fans and very recommendable for the avid movie watcher.

8,4