Creed is written and directed by Ryan Coogler and stars Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, and Tessa Thompson. The movie follows the son of the once acclaimed boxer Apollo Creed, Adonis, and his journey to get out of his father’s shadow and become one of the greats, while also receiving the help of Apollo’s former rival, Rocky Balboa.
This was a movie that had my interest and my hope because I enjoy some of the Rocky movies, but they are not all successes, so I was just hoping for the best. Well, Creed did more than live up to the solid Rocky films, it surpassed them.
Michael B. Jordan is outstanding as Adonis Creed in this movie, a truly necessary rebound after being in that awful Fantastic Four movie.
Writer-director Ryan Coogler has worked with Jordan on his only other film, Fruitvale Station, and it is clear that these two work incredibly well together. The way Coogler uses his characters to make a story that has the nostalgia from the classic films, as well as enough unique new takes on it feels like the perfect blend of old and new, which is very impressive.
Even more impressive than that is the performance by Sylvester Stallone in this film. Stallone is usually not considered a great actor, but this movie really changed my mind on that, as he is superb in this movie. His performance is funny at times, but extremely heartfelt in others, and this is without a doubt the best he has ever been in a movie.
The story is done incredibly well, and the fight scenes are shot excellently. There are two scenes that are shot in only one take, one of which being an entire boxing match, and it was such a marvel to watch.
I loved the style that Coogler had when making this film, but there was some dialogue that I felt was a bit overdone. Some of the moments felt a little cheesy and predictable, and I don’t know how I felt about Tessa Thompson‘s character as a whole.
All of that is okay, though, because the chemistry between Jordan and Stallone is amazing to watch, and every scene they share in the film is beautiful.
Overall, Creed is quite possibly the best Rocky movie to date, even better than the 1976 Best Picture winner. Jordan and Stallone are Oscar-worthy, share great chemistry, and Coogler wrote and directed a fresh take on the boxing franchise, while still being respectful to its source material. Creed is heartfelt, has intense, beautifully shot boxing matches, and truly blew my expectations away. Comparing Creed to Southpaw is like comparing an amateur boxer to Floyd Mayweather: they don’t even deserve to be in the same ring. Creed is miles better than any boxing movie to come out this year.
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