Earlier this week I went to Odeon with the hope of seeing what their latest mystery film would be but it had already sold out by the time I got there. Having made an effort to get there I thought we might as well see something and so I decided on seeing Creed as I was planning on seeing it the next day anyway.
Creed is the story of Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan ) who lives to be a fighter as he is trained by the former heavyweight champion Rocky Balboa ( Sylvester Stallone), Rocky serves as his trainer and mentor to Adonis who is the son of his late friend and rival Apollo Creed. The film largely focuses on Adonis and his journey from back room fights in Tijuana to the centre stage where he will face his toughest opponent yet, himself.
Michael B. Jordan puts in an incredible performance as Adonis and I thought his character evolved well over the course of the film. Sylvester Stallone puts in another good performance as Rocky and I really like the way there friendship developed as it felt real which allowed for some truly heart breaking moments between the two of them.
A big part of the promotional material for this film revolved around the part of the Storyline that sees Rocky taken ill and I’m not going to go into to many details as I don’t want to spoil the film, I will say that it gets very emotional and that these two actors work well on screen. Adonis says that he will fight conlan if Rocky fights his illness with the two developing a closer bond than ever before.
I also really liked Bianca played by Tessa Thompson who was adonis’s love interest as she was a strong character who had a lot going on for her and her music. Tessa put in a really good performance in this film and I really liked the scenes she was in, I only wish that she had a bit more screen time so we could see her character develop a bit more.
Michael B. Jordan and Tessa Thompson have some amazing scenes together and I think that they will go far in their careers. Their relationship starts to take a backseat to the training in the latter stages of the film which is unstable I guess but I would have liked to have seen this developed a bit more.
Another character that I should probably mention is Ricky Conlan (Tony Bellew) Adonis’s main opposition in this film, although he isn’t seen that much and most of what we do get is exposition but then again the film isn’t really about him now is it. He does a passable job at acting but his best quality is that he is a real boxer and he at least makes the final fight of this film look very interesting indeed.
There are so many incredible moments with one of my favourites being a training scene that sees Adonis running alongside people on bikes, it is a brilliant scene that mixes the sounds of the original Rocky films with the sounds of the modern age.
Not only does Creed sound great but it also looks good too but what elevates it above a simple sports film is the story, its characters and the way that they interact with each other. It is so much more than you might think and even if you know nothing of Rocky I would highly recommend giving this film a watch.
The story culminates with a fight between Ricky Conlan and Adonis who has taken on the name creed and it shoes just how much he has developed over the course of the film but it also shows that he still has a number of challenges to overcome. Rocky does his best to support Adonis who manages to turn the tables on his opponent as the fight goes on and I have to say that I thought that the whole sequence was incredibly well directed.
I know there are some who may say there are better boxing films out there but there are some really good actors in this film giving out incredible performances with fights scenes that are both brilliant and exciting at the same time.
Now you will just have to watch the film to find out who won but all I will say that I really enjoyed watching it and the film in general. If you are a fan of the Rocky films then you will really like Creed as it still feels part of the series while also doing its own thing.
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