Creed is a 2015 American action-adventure movie that acts as a spin-off and continuation of the Rocky franchise. It was directed and conceived by Ryan Coogler, and was followed up by Creed II in 2018.
Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan) never knew his famous father, boxing champion Apollo Creed, who died before Adonis was born. However, boxing is in his blood, so he seeks out Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) and asks the retired champ to be his trainer. Rocky sees much of Apollo in Adonis, and agrees to mentor him, even as he battles an opponent deadlier than any in the ring. With Rocky's help, Adonis soon gets a title shot, but whether he has the true heart of a fighter remains to be seen.
Why It Rocks
- By the end of the movie, Rocky successfully passes the torch, which he tried to do in Rocky V but it ended up going nowhere back in 1990.
- Amazing acting.
- Rocky's character comes full circle in this film. He ends up becoming the mentor of a new, up and coming boxer, which means he completes his hero's journey, which very few film heroes are able to do.
- Excellent cinematography.
- Rocky has cancer in this movie, which raises the stakes and the drama.
- Great soundtrack.
- Adonis Creed is a great character. First, he's the son of Apollo Creed. Next, he does have flaws, but he's ultimately likable, and Michael B. Jordon portrays him amazingly.
- Outstanding fights.
- Creed's opponent is Tony Bellow, once again going by the theme of using real boxers, who also does a great job. He's a character you love to hate because of his personality, similar to Clubber Lang, although not that extreme.
- Incredible pacing.
- There's a fight early on in the film which is one long traveling shot, which is very impressive.
- We finally get to figure out who won between Rocky and Apollo in the 3rd fight which was Apollo
- This is the first movie in the series to not have Sylvester Stallone in the writer or director position, although he still acts in it.
Creed has a 95% critic rating and an 89% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a 3.9/5 on Letterboxd, and a 7.6/10 on the International Movie Database (IMDB).