“Creed” adds an intriguing new angle to the Rocky series
By Camyle Cryderman
Rating: 4 out of 5
After a nearly 10 year break between films, “Creed,” the seventh installment of the Rocky Balboa series was released on Nov. 25. Directed by Ryan Coogler, this movie has added a new twist to the classic series and impressed audiences around the country, earning almost $30 million its opening weekend according to boxofficemojo.com.
This modern day spin-off takes a new angle to the characteristic Rocky Balboa films by focusing on the illegitimate son of Balboa’s main opponent Apollo Creed, Adonis Johnson Creed (Michael B. Jordan). The film begins with a young Adonis Johnson Creed shown fighting in a juvenile detention center. A strange woman then comes in and offers to adopt Adonis who is soon revealed to be Mary Anne Creed (Phylicia Rashad), the widow of Adonis’s father Apollo Creed who had an affair and fathered Adonis out of wedlock with another woman.
The film then jumps ahead 17 years where Adonis is seen following his father’s passion of boxing in a small Mexican boxing tournament. It is here where he realizes he wants to follow his love of boxing to the professional level, so he returns home, quits his desk job and moves to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Once in Philadelphia, Adonis has one goal, find boxing legend Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) and have him train him to become a professional. Although it takes some convincing, Balboa eventually agrees to train Adonis and the two become an unlikely duo going through the trials and tribulations of life together.
This movie carries the same dramatic and somewhat corny training footage that the other Rocky films had, but also features love, sickness, defeat and intensity. All wrapped in one movie, this film will leave viewers feeling inspired despite potential setbacks.
The culmination of the film is Adonis agreeing to fight undefeated boxing champion Ricky Conlan. Despite Adonis’s evident lack of experience, this fight is highly anticipated worldwide because of his famous bloodline, yet all odds are stacked against him. Through intense training, both physical and mental, when match day comes Adonis and Conlan step into the ring expecting an immediate knock-out by Conlan. Lasting round after round, Adonis proves he is not as weak as many put him out to be and eventually has the crowd chanting his name.
With a highly anticipated ending that was not as perfect as some fairytale movie endings, this film gives audience members something realistic to relate to and leaves Adonis the true champion.
With nostalgic references to the original Rocky films including the iconic Rocky theme song, this film has it all. It tugs at the heartstrings and inspires viewers to follow their dreams all while pumping up the audience. Although parts of the movie seem a bit overdone and cheesy, the film in its entirety is more than enjoyable, and will leave any person with a smile on their face.