Training under aging boxer Rocky Balboa, young Adonis Creed — son of Apollo Creed — lays it all on the line for a shot at the title.

Year: 2015
Certificate: 12
Director: Ryan Coogler

Starring: Phylicia Rashad, Sylvester Stallone, Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson, Will Blagrove, Tony Bellew, Ritchie Coster, Graham McTavish, Claire Bronson, Andre Ward, Mark Rhino Smith

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Since the first ‘Rocky’ movie back in 1976 (before my time I might add), Rocky Balboa has been a character synonymous with being an underdog. In the 1976 original, Rocky who is a small time boxer, making a living collecting money for a loan shark and fighting in sleazy clubs for little. Rocky gets his big break when current heavyweight champion chooses him as his next opponent.

Why is any of that important? It’s important as that heavyweight champion was called Apollo Creed. Through all the rocky films which span 6 direct sequels Apollo plays an important part in Rockys’ life so when he has the chance to train an up and coming boxer who just so happens to be Apollos son, Rocky can’t resist.

‘Creed’ which I would describe more of a spin-off rather than a sequel, stars Sylvester Stallone as the well-loved Rocky Balboa and Michael B. Jordan as the titular character. If you’ve seen one Rocky, you have really seen them all, but yet you can’t help but love them. The same formula that makes you love the Rocky movies is used here and it very much feels like a “Rocky” movie.

The movie follows a similar route as ‘Rocky’ where Adonis ‘Donny’ Creed is offered the chance to fight current light heavyweight champion “Pretty” Ricky Conlan who is played by real life Boxer Tony Bellew. Donny is training on a gym surrounded by Rockys old boxing friends and tries to convince him that Rocky should train him for his upcoming fight for the title.

If you’re a boxing fan or not, you will find ‘Creed’ entertaining. There’s a great balance between the story and action. The boxing action itself is pretty realistic. Michael B. Jordan looks the part and using a real life boxer as his opponent definitely helped make the boxing scenes look really realistic. Although Stallone is known for his action roles, he’s done his fair share of other roles too and his acting chops are put to the test in this film especially when being alongside Jordan who is becoming one of the up and coming actors in hollywood.

The story is pretty solid and the action is pretty good and although it follows an old recipe, ‘Creed’ really sits well as its own movie and doesn’t feel like simply a carbon copy of ‘Rocky’.

If you’re a fan of the Rocky franchise and you don’t end up shadow boxing in your living room after watching ‘Creed’, there’s something wrong with you. If you’ve never seen any of the ‘Rocky’ movies before, I apologise for my previous comment but can assure you, you will still find ‘Creed’ a fun, heartfelt and exciting movie to watch….There is still something wrong with you. 🙂

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