Any fan of the Rocky film series would be pleased to know Creed is every bit as exciting and dramatic. Creed lands a solid punch leaving a lasting impression on the audience. When I first watched the trailer, the film didn’t give me that burning desire to rush to the theaters. However, with Creed being based on the Rocky series staring Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) and a promising story related to Apollo Creed, I could’t help but want to give the film a chance. After walking out of the theater I realized the film nearly gave me the same satisfaction as Rocky once did.
An interesting plot for the film kicks things off with discovering boxing champion Apollo Creed had a son named, Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan). Apollo died before Adonis was born leaving the boy bouncing around foster homes. With the blood of a boxing champion, Adonis urned for more and wanted a boxing career just like his father. Adonis dealt with a personal boxing match within himself. The young man wanted to write his own fairytale story, not to live in his father’s successful shadow. But finding a gym to take him seriously was standing in Adonis’ way. So he seeks out the retired champ, Rocky to be his trainer. Rocky sees much of the Creed talent in the hungry Adonis and agrees to develop the boxer into a professional career. With Rocky in his corner, Adonis feels unstoppable. The up and coming star wants nothing more than to be a champion like his father before him, but must prove his heart is stronger than his mouth.
Director Ryan Coogler does a fantastic job at linking the classic Rocky to the modern Creed. One of my favorite things about the film was the composed music by Ludwig Göransson. The music had a touch of Rocky, but could stand on it’s own as great. The were several scenes that gave me chills when the music kicked in. The bond between Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan felt real. Every moment the two actors spent on the screen together was believable. Creed is a true hit for the young talent of Michael B. Jordan.
Of course Rocky has a strong impact on Creed, but this modern boxing hit is a great stand alone film, I strongly recommend seeing it in theaters. Creed delivers punch after punch of dynamic and heartfelt scenes, leaving the audience on the edge of their seats with a surprising finish.