by Shelbie Condie
Fans will be pleasantly surprised with the new rendition of the Rocky saga, Creed. I certainly was. Creed debuted over Thanksgiving weekend, doing exceptionally well in the Philadelphia area, given this is the setting of the first Rocky movie. The film does pay homage to its roots, but doesn’t portray too much cheesy, overdone nostalgia.
The Ryan Coogler film stars Michael B. Jordan as “Donnie Johnson”, otherwise known as Apollo Creed’s son (hence the film’s title). Sylvester Stallone makes a return as Rocky Balboa, helping train his former rival’s son to become a successful boxer. This film also stars Tessa Thompson and Phylicia Rashad. The camaraderie between the cast members is apparent and makes the film enjoyable; the character development is strong.
This movie does a superb job of supplementing a modern twist to Rocky’s story. There is correlation with present day media, which makes the film a credible sports movie. The plot itself is predictable, yet still nail-biting as Creed fights his way to personal transformation. The movie has a typical underdog theme to not give up, and relates to Rocky Balboa in the sense that “[N]obody is gonna hit as hard as life.” Creedis definitely worth the watch— it’s a studly, sentimental, and stimulating experience.
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