Creed (♦♦♦♦)

Adonis Johnson is the son that late heavyweight champion Apollo Creed never knew. After having been brought up as a son by Apollo's wife, Adonis has gotten an education and a promotion working in finance, but he leaves his current life behind to move to Philadelphia, home of Rocky Balboa. Adonis thinks he can be as great a boxer as his father if he can get Rocky to train him… After all, they are practically family, aren't they?

Nothing gets my adrenaline pumping like a well made sport movie. I typically prefer football, but boxing underdog stories are close second. Last year two boxing movies came out: Southpaw and Creed. I thought that Southpaw was just OK, but Creed was certainty gutsy and inspiring.

If you keep up with Oscar news, you probably know about the controversy for lack of black talent at this year's Oscars. While I don't think that newcomer Michael B. Jordan's performance was on par with Bryan Cranston's in Trumbo, Michael Fassbender's in Steve Jobs, or Eddie Redmayne's in The Danish Girl, for example--I don't mention DiCaprio's because I have yet to see The Revenant--I do think his performance is one to watch. Creed belongs in the same league as any of the Rocky movies and, between Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan may have managed to breathe new life into a franchise long dead due to the main star's aging.

If Creed is not an artsy gem, it certainly is a very good sport movie with great performances and, as B. Jordan may discover, there are a bunch of actors who have astronomical money-making franchises who may never make it to the Oscars, or win one.

I certainly wouldn't object seeing B. Jordan reprising the role of Adonis Creed if he manages to shine with the same intensity that earned him Oscar buzz.

Comments

  1. I saw the first Rocky movie back in the day when it first came out and enjoyed it. Never saw any of the others and never wanted to. I'll probably give this one a miss as well. Unlike you, I'm not a big sports movie fan except for the occasional baseball film. After all, baseball is my game!

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    1. I've seen Rocky IV more times than I can say. Too bad you want to pass on this one because it's rather good, but they all tend to be Cinderella stories in the end; see one, seen them all.

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  2. Great review! Now I know what to look out for when watching this one. My favorite boxing movie is of course Million Dollar Baby. This week I watched Inside Out and Straight Outta Compton. Having fun!

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    1. Thanks, Judy! I have yet to watch Inside Out. What did you think of SOC? Did you like it?

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    2. I liked SOC because one of my sons was deep into hip hop/rap when it first began. My only quibble was that it had a sort of VH1 Behind the Music feel.

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    3. I thought it was done well. I wouldn't know about what you mention because I don't watch many music videos or behind the scenes specials, but you may have a point.

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  3. I wouldn't mind seeing Michael B. Jordan in this one. I think we did rent Southpaw when it came out. It was Ok. I think my favorite boxing flick is probably Rocky. The first one. Though Raging Bull is pretty intense. There's so many others. Like The Fighter. I like sports films, I just saw The Program which is another one about the Lance Armstrong saga. It's okay

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    1. Both, Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone were very good in their roles.

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  4. I'm not particularly a sports movie fan but I did watch this and I completely agree with you that it fits in with the others in the series.
    Lynn :D

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