‘Creed’: Living up to the legacy


‘Creed’ has received rave reviews with 93% on Rotten Tomatoes and an IMDb rating of 8.6.

Rave reviews for “Creed” call it the best ‘Rocky’ movie since the original.” Completely agree. I  was skeptical because,I believed that no movie could come close the original “Rocky.”I was wrong. After seeing the movie, it made me want to train to be a fighter, like the original.

The emotion and the brilliant interpretation of the stars almost 40 years later, made it feel like you were there with them. Creed follows the original storyline. Adonis becomes what Rocky once was, a self trained boxer with no one but his trainer and friends.

Michael B. Jordan plays Adonis “Donny” Johnson, son of Apollo Creed from an affair in the 1980s. Adonis grew up in the foster system and was always in juvie for starting fights. When Mary Anne (Apollo’s wife) brings him into her home, his life turns around. Fast forward 20 years and he competes in fights in Tijuana, Mexico. After a job promotion, he decides to quit and do boxing full time like his father. Nobody in Los Angeles, even his half-brother, will train him.

He moves to Philadelphia in the hopes of finding Rocky Balboa, played by Sylvester Stallone, to be his trainer. No one knows he’s a Creed except Rocky and his mother.

Trying to make it without his father’s name, Donny strives to be as great as his father once was. Eventually, the world finds out his secret, and his image is changed in the way he wanted to avoid. Jordan plays his role perfectly. The dry humor between Stallone and Jordan adds to the beautiful display of intense situations and emotion that grabs and pulls viewers into the movie. Once you start, you can’t stop. Once it’s over, you don’t know what hit you.  

In the first 2 weeks of it being release, “Creed” has made over $72 million in the box office. Director Ryan Coogler does a fantastic job capturing the intensity and the struggles of a boxer trying to make a name for himself. The long standing shots makes you believe that you are walking behind them, out of the hallway and into the ring. Coogler also did a brilliant job of making the fights believable. In every Rocky movie there is at least one fight that, in my opinion, is the hardest to portray. By using close angles and terrific effects, the fight looks real. “Creed” should be an Oscar contender.

But I am not the only one who believes the movie is a winner Rotten Tomatoes website gave the movie 93 percent, the Washington Post gave the movie 4.5 out of 5 stars, and Wall Street Journal says, “It’s easy to forget what a phenomenon Rocky Balboa once was, and what a formidable actor and writer Sylvester Stallone proved to be. For those who remember, ‘Creed’ will be a special treat.”

See for yourself. This movie deserves support from all the “Rocky” fans, both new and old.

Even if you have never seen the original movie, see “Creed”. The story is easy to follow and absolutely inspiring.  It makes you want to get up every morning and train.

“Creed” is an excellent example of what all films should embody. It contains a easy to follow story but, has a heart-warming message and an inspiring cast. The ending makes you want to watch more.