Creed: Movie Review
A lot of things could have gone wrong with "Creed" and there's no denying that we had huge doubts in its potential to be great. Well, the end product speaks for itself - "Creed" in fact re-establishes the "Rocky" saga into a new age and possibly even a new modern fan base. While it doesn't really break the sports drama mold, it features great acting, inventive cinematography and a seriously good story that madeus love it and more.
Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan) never knew his famous father, world heavyweight 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 (Sylvester Stallone). Adonis tracks Rocky down and asks him to be his trainer. Despite his insistence that he is out of the fight game for good, Rocky sees in Adonis the strength and determination he had known in Apollo — the fierce rival who became his closest friend. Agreeing to take him on, Rocky trains the young fighter, even as the former champ is battling an opponent more deadly than any he faced in the ring. With Rocky in his corner, it isn’t long before Adonis gets his own shot at the world title.
As soon as "Creed" starts, things just felt right. The first few minutes when we were shown a young Adonis locked up, fighting with another kid, was shocking yet sums up why "Creed" is making marks everywhere. These first few scenes where gruesomely real. Scary even. And it shows why "Creed" is the modern day take of what "Rocky" is. The film relishes on its realism. The struggles seems authentic, the boxing more so and the use of real boxers as Adonis' opponents was definitely the right decision. We always thought that the boxing in "Rocky" films were too over-the-top. In "Creed", this never happens - not even once. Additionally, "Creed" also features great acting. Surprisingly, Stallone still has it while Michael B. Jordan proves that he is one heck of an actor to watch out for. On the directorial side, Ryan Coogler astounds us with inventive and creative cinematography. The long shot that features Adonis' first fight is something that people need to see. While the almost first person like shots take audiences front and center into a fight. Overall, "Creed" is able to balance old and new into a very well-packaged film.
|Photos courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures|
Why you should watch it:
- Coogler simply astounds with his inventive cinematogrpahy
- amazing acting from both leads
Why you shouldn't watch it:
- the main story doesn't really break any molds
Labels Creed, drama, Michael B. Jordan, movie review, Phylicia Rashād, Ryan Coogler, sports, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Tony Bellew