Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down? Simple, spoiler free reviews.
Adonis Johnson never knew his father, boxing champion Apollo Creed. Boxing is in his blood though, so he seeks out Rocky Balboa and asks him to train him. Rocky agrees seeing much of Apollo in him, but whether he has the true heart of a fighter remains to be seen. At the same time Rocky has to battle an opponent far deadlier than any he met in the ring.
Somehow, someway I have never seen any of the Rocky films. I know, I too find it hard to believe. I’ve always been told they were ‘good’ but, I never really believe anyone, mainly due to it being a Stallone vehicle, so didn’t bother. Plus there’s so many…I don’t have time for that!
With Creed though, it seemed like a good starting point to join the existing franchise. Plus, I was on a plane to America at the time of viewing and din’t really have much else to do. What I wanted to know was, with my almost total lack of knowledge of the universe, would the characters mean anything to me? Would there be enough character developments for me to become invested? Would I care at all?
The short answer to all of those is, yes.
I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed this film. It’s far better than anything I’ve ever seen Stallone in, by a few country miles too. I feel odd admitting it but he’s actually really good in this. Like, really good. That’s baffling my simple little mind. Whenever I normally think of Stallone I always go back to that awful Judge Dredd film he was in…why’s that my go to? I dunno, stop asking questions nerd.
Michael B Jordan is excellent as the title character and his relationship with Bianca, played by Tessa Thompson, has some real chemistry and is one of the highlights of the movie. That’s what this movie does well, far better than I gave it any potential credit for before hand. It makes you care about the people you’re watching. You want them to succeed, you want them to be together and happy, you want Rocky to beat his illness. I honestly didn’t expect to feel anything during Creed. So well played guys, well played.
Is it a predictable sports film, yes. Is it bad because of that? Hell no! Creed was thoroughly enjoyable and I highly recommend it. My only concern is that because I hadn’t watched the previous films I didn’t experience the possible boring rehash of a rehash of a rehash. I can only tell you my opinions from my experiences though, hence why I give it a thumbs up.
Verdict: Thumbs Up