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Review: Creed

Creed
11.23.2015
9 10

PLOT: Adonis (Michael B. Jordan) – the illegitimate son of former champ Apollo Creed – travels to Philadelphia in order to train with his father's former nemesis-turned best friend, the legendary Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone).

REVIEW: When I first heard director Ryan Coogler (FRUITVALE STATION) wanted to do a ROCKY-spin off focused on Apollo Creed's (memorably played by Carl Weathers) son, I figured this was way too good an idea to ever get made. Hollywood always reboots its big properties in the dumbest (or rather – simplest) ways and Coogler's approach sounded way too smart to ever get the greenlight. Luckily, I was way off and now, with the involvement of the great Sylvester Stallone himself, the ROCKY saga is continuing in a major way with CREED.

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Coogler has spoken repeatedly about how the ROCKY saga was special to him and his father as he was growing up, and his love of the series shows. Carefully mixing the realism of FRUITVALE STATION with a more mainstream, big-budget approach, Coogler has made a film very much in-line with the original Rocky and one that looks almost sure to launch a whole series of films. 

His FRUITVALE STATION star, Michael B. Jordan, really shines here as Adonis, who we learn was raised by the late Apollo’s wife (played by Phylicia Rashad) to be a kind of white-collar professional – but of course boxing’s in the blood and it’s not long before Adonis is sneaking off to fight. Needing guidance, he looks up his dad’s former opponent turned best friend Rocky, who’s now retired and doing the same thing he was last time we saw him in ROCKY BALBOA, managing an Italian eatery called Adrian’s – named after his beloved late wife.

One thing’s for sure, Sylvester Stallone would have never allowed CREED to happen were it not for Coogler’s talent, and his faith in the young director is rewarded. Stallone’s never been better than he has been playing Rocky, and there’s actually serious Oscar buzz surrounding his performance as the older, wiser Rocky – and that buzz is well-deserved. Stallone was born to play the part and his chemistry with Jordan is superb. You really get the sense that Rocky feels a sense of obligation to his friend’s son, but at the same time is so lonely after the death of Adrian that he really does need the young man as a surrogate son just as much as Adonis needs him as a father figure. It’s a testament to the power of the performances that the boxing becomes almost secondary, with the real heart of the film coming from their relationship.

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However, CREED is still packed with boxing action – all of which is at least as impressive as anything in SOUTHPAW. One area CREED easily has it beat is the fact that Adonis is such a heroic figure – and an underdog you’ll always root for – just like Rocky himself. Tessa Thompson – from Dear White People – is excellent as Adonis’ love interest – and if she becomes a kind of Adrian figure that comes back in all the other movies (presuming there are some) – well, that would be great.  Like Talia Shire's iconic Adrian, she radiates both intelligence and kindness, and Coogler's given her some interesting conflicts of her own, with her playing a budding singer dealing with the fact that she's gradually going deaf. Just like Creed and Rocky, she's a fighter in her own right.  And of course, a ROCKY movie is always defined by its colorful villains, and Liverpool boxer Tony Bellew fits the bill quite well as champ Pretty Ricky Conlan – who wants to put a stop to any ideas that Creed’s got the blood of a champion running through him.

Special mention should be made of Ludwig Göransson’s amazing score – which blends a contemporary sound with some of Bill Conti’s original themes kicking-in at just the right moments – with the crowd I saw this with showing their approval with plenty of cheers. In fact, I can't remember the last time I attended a screening where an audience was so obviously into a film and it wouldn't surprise me one bit if CREED winds up being one of the sleeper hits of the year. Certainly, it's going to put Coogler and Jordan on the map in a big way, and hopefully the guys are going to keep the saga going as the is one of the most promising franchises to come along in quite some time.

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7:08PM on 12/01/2015
Seen it twice and teared up both times. Stallone deserves the Oscar buzz.
Seen it twice and teared up both times. Stallone deserves the Oscar buzz.
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5:20PM on 11/30/2015
One of the best movies I've seen this year, regardless of genre.
One of the best movies I've seen this year, regardless of genre.
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1:50AM on 11/27/2015
This is a great movie. Has a lot of heart, much like the first Rocky. Way better then South Paw.
This is a great movie. Has a lot of heart, much like the first Rocky. Way better then South Paw.
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7:02PM on 11/26/2015
Good too see the positive review & i know some had doubts about this one. Rocky is just a character who you just love & it's good to see a way to keep the saga going by adding Creed's son in the mix. Will definitely be checking this flick out.
Good too see the positive review & i know some had doubts about this one. Rocky is just a character who you just love & it's good to see a way to keep the saga going by adding Creed's son in the mix. Will definitely be checking this flick out.
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12:07AM on 11/26/2015

Stallone, man!!!

Really great flick, it feels like it's in the Rocky Universe. 9/10 as well.
Really great flick, it feels like it's in the Rocky Universe. 9/10 as well.
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1:57PM on 11/25/2015
9 out of 10? wow. might need to check this out. didn't think much of it.
9 out of 10? wow. might need to check this out. didn't think much of it.
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1:14AM on 11/25/2015
9 out of 10? really? I didn't expect that high a score. Cool news! I'll have to check it out!
9 out of 10? really? I didn't expect that high a score. Cool news! I'll have to check it out!
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1:53PM on 11/24/2015

Ah!

I was very much concerned my extreme excitement would be the minority and the film would be dismissed as unnecessary - so this gets me so ridiculously pumped. ROCKY BALBOA was one of the best of the franchise and one of Stallone's best projects period - so this endeavor is just the tops!
I was very much concerned my extreme excitement would be the minority and the film would be dismissed as unnecessary - so this gets me so ridiculously pumped. ROCKY BALBOA was one of the best of the franchise and one of Stallone's best projects period - so this endeavor is just the tops!
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1:58PM on 11/24/2015
Trust me you'll like it. I'm a big film nerd, some of the camera work is top notch, especially the long takes during the boxing matches really caught my eye
Trust me you'll like it. I'm a big film nerd, some of the camera work is top notch, especially the long takes during the boxing matches really caught my eye
9:17AM on 11/24/2015

Definitely 9/10

Saw a screening of this flick last Thursday in Bensalem, Pa. The theatre was packed and everyone applauded and cheered when it was over. Can't wait for more and don't want any one else to direct the follow ups but Coogler. He's got something really special here that is thoroughly enjoyable on many levels. Glad you enjoyed it as much as I did CBum!
Saw a screening of this flick last Thursday in Bensalem, Pa. The theatre was packed and everyone applauded and cheered when it was over. Can't wait for more and don't want any one else to direct the follow ups but Coogler. He's got something really special here that is thoroughly enjoyable on many levels. Glad you enjoyed it as much as I did CBum!
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9:02AM on 11/24/2015
'All of which is at least as impressive as anything in SOUTHPAW'. I love the Rocky movies, South Paw was great and the Creed trailer really did get that Rocky vibe just right...so here's hoping the film lives up to my expectations and this review.
'All of which is at least as impressive as anything in SOUTHPAW'. I love the Rocky movies, South Paw was great and the Creed trailer really did get that Rocky vibe just right...so here's hoping the film lives up to my expectations and this review.
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11:16AM on 11/24/2015
Glad to read someone enjoyed Southpaw as much as me.
Glad to read someone enjoyed Southpaw as much as me.
8:37AM on 11/24/2015
This looks excellent.
This looks excellent.
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3:16AM on 11/24/2015

So where is HIS son ?

Don't get my wrong as I have been excited about this movie since it was first announced but where is Rocky's son?

"he really does need the young man as a surrogate son"

Is there an explanation? It would seem weird if there was no mention of his son as, at the end of Rocky Balboa, him and his son were on good terms. So what happened?
Don't get my wrong as I have been excited about this movie since it was first announced but where is Rocky's son?

"he really does need the young man as a surrogate son"

Is there an explanation? It would seem weird if there was no mention of his son as, at the end of Rocky Balboa, him and his son were on good terms. So what happened?
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9:21AM on 11/24/2015
Rocky mentions that his son moved to Canada with his girlfriend and is doing well but he do see him as much as he would like to.
Rocky mentions that his son moved to Canada with his girlfriend and is doing well but he do see him as much as he would like to.
9:26AM on 11/24/2015
Cool, at least there's some sort of explanation. Do they mention Marie from Rocky Balboa at all?
Cool, at least there's some sort of explanation. Do they mention Marie from Rocky Balboa at all?
2:02PM on 11/24/2015
They explain away where his son went. The film is excellent. Hope you like it as much as I did. Very Philly-centric. Great camera work with long takes during fights.
They explain away where his son went. The film is excellent. Hope you like it as much as I did. Very Philly-centric. Great camera work with long takes during fights.
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2:07AM on 11/24/2015
My excitement for this has been tame, though now I am disappointed that I have missed every screening chance I've had to see this. I already assumed it would be an excellent film, but it also feels like it's so similar to Rocky, it's hard to get too excited. But, I am glad it stands on it's own and that it is excellent. Definitely plan to check this out after Thanksgiving.
My excitement for this has been tame, though now I am disappointed that I have missed every screening chance I've had to see this. I already assumed it would be an excellent film, but it also feels like it's so similar to Rocky, it's hard to get too excited. But, I am glad it stands on it's own and that it is excellent. Definitely plan to check this out after Thanksgiving.
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1:54AM on 11/24/2015
I honestly didn't think this would turn out good and I'm glad that I may be wrong. Hopefully it's a 9 for me as well.
I honestly didn't think this would turn out good and I'm glad that I may be wrong. Hopefully it's a 9 for me as well.
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12:19AM on 11/24/2015
This entire franchise is something special. After the mess of Rocky 5, they came back with Rocky Balboa 16 years later and it was not only a fabulous film, it kick started this spinoff. Many thought this film wouldn't be good, and it has a chance to be one of the better films of the year. Now, how many franchises can say this?
This entire franchise is something special. After the mess of Rocky 5, they came back with Rocky Balboa 16 years later and it was not only a fabulous film, it kick started this spinoff. Many thought this film wouldn't be good, and it has a chance to be one of the better films of the year. Now, how many franchises can say this?
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1:51AM on 11/24/2015
Never understood the hate for V. I liked it better than III and IV.
Never understood the hate for V. I liked it better than III and IV.
9:27AM on 11/24/2015
Same here, I love Rocky V, the street fight is my favorite fight in the series.
Same here, I love Rocky V, the street fight is my favorite fight in the series.
12:16AM on 11/24/2015
I had a feeling this would be good, but a 9 out of 10? Now I really want to see this movie.
I had a feeling this would be good, but a 9 out of 10? Now I really want to see this movie.
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11:34PM on 11/23/2015

Montage

How are the Montage(s)?
How are the Montage(s)?
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12:09AM on 11/26/2015
It's a boxing flick in the Rocky Universe, in 2015. Expect some heavy homages.
It's a boxing flick in the Rocky Universe, in 2015. Expect some heavy homages.
11:29PM on 11/23/2015
Should be a nice bounce back for Jordan after Fantastic Fuck.
Should be a nice bounce back for Jordan after Fantastic Fuck.
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12:09AM on 11/24/2015
Lol
At least own up to the fact that you've called Creed shit numerous times before just because Jordan was in it. Now it should "be a nice bounce back" for him. Hypocrite
Lol
At least own up to the fact that you've called Creed shit numerous times before just because Jordan was in it. Now it should "be a nice bounce back" for him. Hypocrite
12:32AM on 11/24/2015
I stand by my comment that I've called it shit numerous times due to Jordan being in it. But hypocrite, no.
I stand by my comment that I've called it shit numerous times due to Jordan being in it. But hypocrite, no.
1:55AM on 11/24/2015
@Mr.Voorhees. I agree. That sounds like a hypocrite. Soloist, I still like you, but you haven't made sense lately. You make so many comments that I think you're getting confused.
@Mr.Voorhees. I agree. That sounds like a hypocrite. Soloist, I still like you, but you haven't made sense lately. You make so many comments that I think you're getting confused.
2:35AM on 11/24/2015
hyp·o·crite
ˈhipəˌkrit/
noun
noun: hypocrite; plural noun: hypocrites
a person who indulges in hypocrisy.
synonyms: pretender, dissembler, deceiver, liar, pietist, sanctimonious person, plaster saint; More
informalphony, fraud, sham, fake
hyp·o·crite
ˈhipəˌkrit/
noun
noun: hypocrite; plural noun: hypocrites
a person who indulges in hypocrisy.
synonyms: pretender, dissembler, deceiver, liar, pietist, sanctimonious person, plaster saint; More
informalphony, fraud, sham, fake
9:41AM on 11/24/2015
I think people are now finally seeing why I give this guy a hard time. His comments are hypocritical and all over the place. Here are the comments that Soloist has said about Michael B Jordan being in Creed and for the franchise in general.

"There goes Michael B Jordan ruining another franchise."

"They should of changed Apollo's son ethnicity. Because that would have been the 'cool' and 'hip' thing to do."

"Franchise just needs to end already. How many times can you tell the same damn
I think people are now finally seeing why I give this guy a hard time. His comments are hypocritical and all over the place. Here are the comments that Soloist has said about Michael B Jordan being in Creed and for the franchise in general.

"There goes Michael B Jordan ruining another franchise."

"They should of changed Apollo's son ethnicity. Because that would have been the 'cool' and 'hip' thing to do."

"Franchise just needs to end already. How many times can you tell the same damn story?????"



This guy shits so much on Michael Jordan....the guy is a great charismatic actor. He has basically one garbage movie to his resume, but if this guy was the judge on movie jail, he'd send him to the electric chair. He also shits on this franchise when there are several great movies in the franchise. 1.2.4.6. This guy isn't a film fan, he's a flavour of the week fan.
12:03PM on 11/24/2015
I still stand by all of those comments.
I still stand by all of those comments.
4:53PM on 11/24/2015
and therein lies the problem.

you are the biggest hypocrite on this site AND you jump on any bandwagon there is.

First you say ""Franchise just needs to end already. How many times can you tell the same damn story?????""

which shows that you don't care much about this series past let's say Rocky 1. You have ZERO vested interest in the sequels that so many people enjoy and cherish.

then you say

""There goes Michael B Jordan ruining another franchise.""

Showing that you have
and therein lies the problem.

you are the biggest hypocrite on this site AND you jump on any bandwagon there is.

First you say ""Franchise just needs to end already. How many times can you tell the same damn story?????""

which shows that you don't care much about this series past let's say Rocky 1. You have ZERO vested interest in the sequels that so many people enjoy and cherish.

then you say

""There goes Michael B Jordan ruining another franchise.""

Showing that you have concern that he is going to ruin a franchise. Well if you have no vested interest...what is your concern? Or was it just an ignorant comment to let people know once again that you HATE Michael Jordan.

Then once again you say

"Should be a nice bounce back for Jordan after Fantastic Fuck."

as in you respect the franchise and that this film is a GOOD film for him to bounce back with.

So tell me Soloist....which comments do you ACTUALLY standby?


8:28PM on 11/24/2015
Agreed ConMan. Very well stated!

The_Soloist, you sir are a joke and hypocrite. Good day
Agreed ConMan. Very well stated!

The_Soloist, you sir are a joke and hypocrite. Good day
11:05PM on 11/23/2015
9/10? Wow. I've got to watch this movie.
9/10? Wow. I've got to watch this movie.
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