Yep, Rocky steps back inside the ring for more action. Don’t get it twisted, though, he’s not fighting. No, those days are over. Instead, he transitions to trainer for the late Apollo Creed’s son in Creed. This is the seventh “Rocky” film but it also ushers in a new era of boxing superstar for Michael B. Jordan. Jordan plays Adonis “Donnie” Johnson Creed, son of the legendary boxing titan Apollo. Although he knows nothing about his dear old dad, he has the same adoration for the sport Apollo once dominated. He goes on a journey to seek out the G.O.A.T, the one man who can train him to become the Jedi of boxing…Rocky Balboa. After Rocky 2, the subsequent sequels became larger-than-life. They were huge on action and the boxing matches turned into grand spectacles. That wasn’t a bad thing, but it deviated from what made the original Rocky a timeless movie which was a great, believable storyline with genuine talent.
Rocky Balboa, the sixth sequel tried to go back to the essence and, for the most part, it succeeded. Creed, however, maaaaaan, Creed is that fiyah! It is as organic as grass-fed beef from Whole Foods! This film is rough, rugged, and raw, from the gritty Philadelphia streets, to the spectacular performances. The opening scene is one of trouble, a cry for help, and that sets tone for a plot and subplot superior to just about any movie out right now. All aspects of Creed are fascinating. The Philadelphia gyms and street corners tell their own story of adversity. That gives further credence to drive and persistence, which allows our characters to want more from their situations, which allows us to cheer for them even harder. Tessa Thompson plays Bianca, Adonis’ love interest and many will see that as the modern-day “Rocky and Adrian” narrative. They have their own identities, but it keeps in tradition with the original Rocky movie. Sylvester Stallone flat out kills it as Rocky. I mean, his performance is greater than ANY Rocky movie made, besides the original. I can see this dude getting an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. He’s that ill! I don’t think there could have been anyone better to play the role of Adonis Creed than Michael B. Jordan. He shines brighter than my bald head on a hot summer afternoon. Ladies, I know you’ll swoon over his physique and all, but try to contain yourselves and check out his acting skills. He is the dayum man! Phylicia Rashad, who only appears in limited scenes, commands those scenes. She ain’t lost a step, and is pivotal in this movie. This has one of the best subplots I’ve seen in a while. It is very emotional, and each character has enough emotional baggage to make for a very interesting sequel (we’ll have to see how much this movie makes, first. I’m getting ahead of myself).
‘Creed’ LA Premiere: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Janelle Monae, Octavia Spencer, & More
As far as the fight scenes, they are well-choreographed! In the film, there’s a one-take fight scene – nah, you didn’t hear me – a ONE-TAKE fight scene that is f’ing astonishing! They pull no punches…pun intended. The fight scene between Creed and antagonist “Pretty” Ricky Conlan (Tony Bellew) will have you talking about it a work in the morning. That shyt is brutal! As with any Rocky movie, the music score has to be tight. I was listening to it and it is phenomenal. The songs connect the scenes with the audience’s adrenaline. There are some bangers heard throughout this film, inspirational and heart-wrenching, bangers. You may wanna buy the soundtrack as well. I could go on and on, but I’ll say this: Bring your best pound-for-pound movie, and I’ll put Creed up against it without hesitation. Momma said knock you out!
When director Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan get together, they create magic. They did it with Fruitvale Station, and they continue it with Creed. I wouldn’t call it a comeback, but Stallone does his thang! Creed is the movie equivalent of a POWERFUL Sunday morning southern Baptist church sermon. Everything is right with this movie, well, almost. There are a few songs that come a little too early in a few scenes and some scenes are a bit predicable, but I’m knit-picking. Hey, that’s what I do sometimes.
Listen, after your left-over Thanksgiving dinner and Black Friday shopping ends, save some energy and money, and GO SEE THIS MOVIE. I’m co-signing Creed to the fullest!! When this film can make Meek Mill’s music go hard, you GOTS to go see it.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the baton has been passed to Mike B. Jordan. Just don’t throw the dayum towel! Please see Rocky 4 for that reference. I’m out!
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