Creed, American Movie (2015)

I have never liked sports. I was never good at it, I did not have the stamina for it, and basically I never cared for it either. Yes, I know that sports can be good for your health and stuff, but why do something if you don’t like it. As such, I never watch sports on television either. After a weekend when I get to work and people start talking about this great soccer match they saw, I basically zone out. That being said, Hollywood has produced it’s fair share of sports movies, and I honestly have to admit that I occasionally do like watching those. Especially when it features some great actors, or a storyline that I can relate to. Last year the movie Creed was released, which is a spin-off movie, from the popular Rocky series. When people first heard about this project, it was pretty much predicted that this movie would be a total bust. However, not only did this film prove them all wrong, it pretty much served as one of the best  performances of Sylvester Stallone’s career.

Creed tells the story of the son of Apollo Creed, the longtime rival and former friend of Rocky. Adonis spent his youth living in foster homes, and pretty much going down a dark road, until he was picked up by Apollo’s wife Mary Anne. As Adonis grows older, he feels the urge to start proving himself in the boxing ring, against Mary Anne’s wishes. As Apollo had died in the ring, Mary Anne was scared the same thing might happen to his son. However headstrong as Adonis is, he leaves for Philidelphia to go and search for Rocky and have him train him. When he meets up with Rocky and asks him to help him become a better boxer, at first Rocky wants nothing to do with it. Balboa has left that part of his life behind him, and is fine with it. Eventually though, he relents and accepts Adonis as a student. As the opportunity arises for young Creed to go head to head against the world’s number one fighter, it is almost like a dream that has come true. Adonis has to get ready for the fight that may very well define his career. Rocky however, has a very different fight on his hand, one that might eventually cost him his life…..

There are some people out there that claim that Stallone can’t act. Well, in this movie not only does he prove he can, he got nominated for an Oscar because of it. Unfortunately he did not win it, but his portrayal of Rocky in this movie, is pretty much the heart and soul of this film. Don’t discount the role of young Michael B. Jordan though, as he also lands a very impressive performance. The movie takes a while to build up some momentum, but that does give it time, to provide a good background story and create a bond with the character of Adonis. This movie teaches us that no matter how hopeless a situation might be, you should never give up the fight. Some might call that pretty cheesy, but I don’t know I kind of like that message, and it is usually the truth. This movie is pretty much a love letter to all the Rocky fans out there, and gives us one final chapter in the life of that beloved character. It is a great film, and no matter how much you hate sports, it is hard not to cheer when Adonis get’s in the ring. One round at a time….

I give Creed a 9 out of 10 score.

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8 thoughts on “Creed, American Movie (2015)”

  1. You’re right this film is pretty much a love letter to all the Rocky fans out there, but as someone who normally avoids these types of sequels, it was a pleasant surprise to get as on board with this film as I did. Coogler bathes his movie in the franchise’s legacy to sweet effect, from the “Because I can’t sing or dance” shirts to the goosebump-inducing rendition of Bill Conti’s “Gonna Fly Now.” This film has it all.

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    1. Yes, it is proof that sometimes a sequel can definitely work out for the best. I definitely got goosebumps on some of the scenes in this movie, and it really was a very heartbreaking tale indeed. Thanks for your comment 😊

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  2. Deze staat nog hoog op de lijst. Ik wil binnenkort een boks-filmmaand houden en daarin mag deze Creed niet ontbreken. De Rocky’s komen dan ook wel voorbij. Buiten de Rocky reeks zijn er nog veel goeie boks films gemaakt.

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    1. Eerder dit jaar al in de bios gezien, maar was nu echt belachelijk goedkoop bij de mediamarkt, dus kon het niet weerstaan. Vanochtend weer opnieuw gezien en het blijft een mooie film. Ben benieuwd wat je ervan gaat vinden 😀

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  3. I really need to watch this movie! I’m a big fan of the Rocky movies. I remember back before I had watched them, all I ever thought was how on earth could there be 5 movies about boxing?! But I watched the first one and got hooked. Loved them all, including the newer one released before this one. Stallone completely won be over in the first movie and I have enjoyed his unique appeal ever since. The Rocky series is definitely a special story, and I can’t wait to watch this one 🙂

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