I am a huge boxing fan and this year Southpaw owns it for me. Then I saw the trailer for Creed and was hell bent of seeing what Michael B Jordon does for the character. The icing on the cake has to be a retired Rocky Balboa in the film but is this reboot necessary and can we accept Rocky as a trainer and not a fighter? Only one way to find out.
Adonis Johnson never knew his famous father, world heavy weight champion Apollo Creed, who died before he was born. Still, there’s no denying that boxing is in his blood, so Adonis heads to Philadelphia, the site of Apollo Creed’s legendary match with a tough upstart named Rocky Balboa.
Rocky sees in Adonis the strength and determination he had known in Apollo – the fierce rival who became his closest friend.
I have nothing but good things to say about this film. It’s got all the elements of the first 3 Rocky films and it’s a great way to start a reboot.
Michael B Jordon does a very good job portraying the son living in the shadows of his father’s greatness. He’s good but not that great yet and it’s great seeing Stallone as Rocky again.
In most ways the film starts out as a Creed film and then in the middle it becomes a bit of a Rocky film and then by the end it takes over again as a Creed film. Which is it? Doesn’t matter because it caters so well to all Rocky fans while introducing the son of the beloved Apollo Creed character.
The soundtrack also brings back that nostalgia yet it’s sort of remixed in a way that’s current. The training montages will make you want to get up start running along but most of all it’s the warmth of the film and of a character’s principles that make everyone root for him and that’s Rocky Balboa himself.
Overall this is about the past coming to the present looking at the future. Confused? Just go watch this movie, even if you’re not a boxing fan the heart of the film will have you rooting for Creed.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Warmth, Heart, Character and a bloody good fight!
Creed opens in cinemas 26 Nov
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