“I feel the NEED for CREED!” Creed solidifies itself as a Thanksgiving Box Office Blockbuster in 2015. It’s a great addition to the story and relationship of fictional boxing champions Apollo Creed and Rocky Balboa. Great detail was paid attention to and emphasized with storyline, old scenes, and clips.
Adonis “Donnie” Johnson (Michael B. Jordan) has been alone and fighting his whole life, especially after this mother dies. Mrs. Creed (Phylicia Rashad) takes him in and makes him one of her own. After acquiring a promotion in corporate America, Donnie decides he wants to take control of his life and be a professional boxer. He has Creed blood in him, but wants to make it on his own merit. Donnie studies and fights on his own in several amateur matches. He seeks out his dad’s old friend and opponent, Rocky Balboa to train him.
The story makes sense and finally some answers to questions are revealed to us. Donnie finds the answers that he is looking for in Uncle Rocky. Rocky becomes very apprehensive about throwing Donnie into the ring before he’s ready, because much training is needed coupled with the fact that Apollo died in the ring years earlier because nobody stopped the fight (Apollo vs. Drago).
Then, he gets a shot to fight a ranked heavy weight boxer which changes his fate. Training with Uncle Rocky in his corner, he can’t lose. Both Donnie and Rocky confront demons and the shadows of their past together. In the end, they learn valuable life lessons from each other. It won’t be an easy road, but they master how to win and how to fight at their own level….
The film Creed returns to it’s origins and brings back nostalgia from the earlier Rocky movies (I, II, III, IV). A black world heavyweight boxing champion (Apollo Creed played by Carl Weathers) gives Rocky Balboa (amateur boxer Rocky Balboa- Sylvester Stallone) a chance at the title. These iconic characters (70-80s) exemplified the American dream.
I believe Sylvester Stallone saw the “need for Creed” to be of some importance in this day and age. He had a great vision for it back then too. It is quite believable for Apollo to have an illegitimate son who could be or would be, heir to the boxing championship. I felt proud that Creed/Rocky franchise is available to this generation and gives Gen Y and Gen Z a chance to discover the background history between Rocky and Apollo; two of the best fictional champion boxers of all time.
For Michael B. Jordan, this is a great comeback after the Fantastic Four flop. Before, then it was Fruitvale Station that he gave an outstanding Oscar-worthy performance. Right now, there are not many African-American young male actors that are standing in the limelight like Jordan. He is paving the way for young black male actors and proving that he has the chops. Jordan took several blows to the head and to the body in Creed, many of which were real with no stunt double.
Sylvester Stallone took a great risk with Creed especially allowing a new director and writer to his team. Sequel? No doubt! I look forward to see what will happen next from our Team Creed. I think it is a great start to the Creed Series. This movie is a must see.
This film was written by Ryan Coogler, Aaron Covington, Sylvester Stallone. Directed by Ryan Coogler, original characters by Sylvester Stallone. Distributed by Warner Brothers, and Metro Goldwyn Mayer.
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