Synopsis: The former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson, the son of his late friend and former rival Apollo Creed. – IMDB
Tagline: Your legacy is more than a name.
Release Date: 2015-11-25 | MPAA Rating: PG-13 | Coolthulhus Earned: 4
They did good. I mean, you could basically point out everything that was going to happen before it happened, but overall they did good. I liked the way they handled everything, up to and including the ending. Now, I’ve seen the other Rocky movies, but for what its worth I remember zilch about them except for training montages and such.
Creed caught me by surprise a few times. Mainly because while I knew basically everything that was going to happen, due to the sheer formulaicness of it, it was still shot/acted well enough that I won’t deny having tears in my eyes on a few occasions. Primarily when Rocky gets The News and one of the training montages near the end when Adonis is escorted up to see him. I think there might have been at least one other time. So yes, its definitely predictable, but these guys had the chops to pull it off. It was also nice to see Phylicia Rashad on screen again. She’s not someone I ever sought out to watch her in something, but she’s such a good mom character.
Now, Creed brought up a couple questions that were worth pondering, too. The value of a name, and making it your own. The right to choose whether to fight an illness or not. Also, from a purely physical point of view, I’d like to take a moment to simply say that Michael B. Jordan was a sheer pleasure to watch get all hot and sweaty. Finally, the fight at the end was satisfying, too. I didn’t expect to get drawn into it, but I definitely did. So Creed definitely had its high points.
Overall, while it’s not exactly cinema gold, this was a solid, emotional take on an old series that I would probably watch again.
…..but the music sucked. Click here to rent Creed now on Amazon.com