This movie is a continuation of a legacy in boxing. We see two sides of the same story, one transitioning from the ring to trainer and the other finding his own way in the world while battling to step out of his father’s shadow. Compelling story telling. Not a new story but a heartwarming tale that if told right could be a homerun. This one certainly was!
Creed is the seventh installment of this franchise. However, Rocky takes a supporting role instead of the lead in this one and it is the perfect transitional story. It is a story that we can all relate to in some shape or form which makes Creed a must see. Even if you are not a fan of boxing this is a movie you will want to see. For fans of the franchise, I find that you will be happy with all the Easter eggs in the film and be enthralled to learn a new part of a story we are all familiar with. The gentle nods to the past films are so subtle yet they have a purpose throughout the entire film.
The acting in this film is great. As always Michael B. Jordan shows that he is a top talent in Hollywood today. Sylvester Stallone is at his best here, playing the mentor to an old friend’s son. It is well thought and played out. The chemistry between these actors was spot on. It was enjoyable to see them on screen together and I hope we get to see it again.
The film although new, you still got the feeling of the original. This entire film is shot so beautifully. The boxing matches are amazing and the second fight is the stand out for me. The way Ryan Coogler shoots this sequence makes you feel as if you are actually in the ring, fighting that fight.
Creed is a stand out film for this year, with a lot of heart, great sports action and excellent storytelling. A must see in theaters. Cinema Wise gives Creed a 4.5 out of 5.
This Review is by: Ryan Wolfe