‘Creed’ is a story of an underdog boxer named Adonis Johnson (played by Michael B. Jordan) who is burdened by the legacy of his father, the boxing legend Apollo Creed. Adonis embraces his fate and heads to Philadelphia, the site of Apollo Creed’s legendary match with a boxer named Rocky Balboa. After realising the potential in Adonis, Rocky agrees to train him in the ways of boxing and the determination of a better life.
Did anyone asked for another Rocky movie? Well, I’m glad they did end up making it cause ‘Creed’ is the best Rocky film since the… well, the original ‘Rocky’ (1976). After the campy, (‘Rocky III’ ‘Rocky IV’), the abysmal (‘Rocky V’) and the redeemable (‘Rocky Balboa’), ‘Creed’ smartly returns back to the basics of what made the Rocky franschise so appealing in the first place; an underdog story of a man who dreams big. Michael B. Jordan is more than up for the task to fill in the shoes of Stallone, bringing with him the grittiness and sweat that the franchise so badly needed. Unlike ‘Jurassic World’, the film pays homage to the previous Rocky films without letting the nostaliga factor overwhelm it. Ryan Coogler’s previous indie film ‘Fruitvale Station’ (2013) allowed him to breath a new life to this tired old franschise with sharp, emotional dialogues and creative cinematography.
Other than a pointless love story and a few exponential, obligatory storytelling clichés, ‘Creed’ is a solid boxing film in its own right and easily be detached from the Rocky brand.