You know you’ve been wanting a ‘Rocky’ movie (or any movie, for that matter) that gives you that same feeling you got watching the original nearly 40 years ago. Well, it’s here.
Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan are the duo that Rocky fans never knew they needed. Creed, the spinoff of the iconic Stallone series, gives a few amazing nods to the original film, but doesn’t come off like a copy cat — more like a tribute — and a whole new story.
For the holidays, you want to see something that everyone in the family will like, and Creed is just that. For parents (or kids that just loves Sly), you get a very nostalgic feeling while watching the now much older, and still working at Adrien’s Rocky, who decides to start training the grandson of the former heavyweight champ, Apollo Creed.
For Stallone fans like myself, it’s refreshing to see — Sly is back in his element. Sure, he is in Expendables, since it’s an action movie, but none of his characters give the high emotions that Rocky does: he made us laugh, cry, cringe… and well, cry again. Just like he has every time he becomes Balboa.
The breakout of the film was of course, Michael B. Jordan, who took on Adonis/Donnie Creed. It’s tough to imagine anyone taking over as the main role in such a franchise that Stallone has made his home — who else can dominate a boxing film like him? Well, if anyone can do it, it’s Michael, and it’s not a stretch to say his journey throughout the film is actually absolutely beautiful, and again, a nod to the original.
As do all the other Rocky movies, Creed includes absolutely breathtaking, choreographed fight scenes, epic training montage sequences, and well, a throbbing amount of emotion. The last being what seemed to be absent in other Rocky sequels up until now. The emotion that got lost in too much dialogue and storyline in the five other sequels, is now back and more intense than ever.
In closing, one thing I’ll say is that this was the first one of all the Rocky movies that Sly did not want to write — instead, he put his trust in Ryan Coogler and Aaron Covington. And well, they did it!