Creed (or Rocky 7 as it also feels) introduces us to a new lead character, Adonis (Michael B Jorden, who we’ve seen recently in the poor remake of Fantastic 4). Adonis has grown up from birth without a father, having no direction & no real purpose in life. This all changes when Adonis learns that his father was a known boxing professional known as “Apollo Creed” (Character remembered best for Rocky 1, 2, 3 & 4). This discovery sets Adonis on a new path that may change his life forever.
As Adonis learns more about his father, he tracks down the well-known Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), seeking a new mentor as Adonis decides like his father to take up the boxing gloves.
I’m happy to announce that of all the Rocky films, this one is my favourite. I am more than pleased with the new lead, acted by Michael B Jorden, who I can’t compare to his work in Fantastic 4- redeemed! Our two lead actors entirely run the film’s strength, and both have done an outstanding job as both roles would have been pushing limits. I’ll even make the call and say that Stallone got robbed, as I feel he deserved the Best supporting actor of 2015 for this film.
This film is not just a film about boxing. Creed is a film that will motivate you. The film goes more profound than anything I was ever expecting and is deeper than the previous Rocky films. Every time Stallone speaks, you, as the viewer, feel you are the one to comply with his actions. Creed also shares the journey of two men who have suffered in many ways and share so much, even with different pasts. There is a theme here that I won’t spoil that has made me cry at least twice in the film (See- I’m a real man for admitting it).
Our only disappointment with Creed caused this film to be complete without a boy meeting a girl. I don’t hate this, but I feel this part of the story is too familiar for this type of film and was used only as a must-have formula. The main message I got from the film is pure gold in this day and age; with daily fights, we should never fight alone and be proud of who we are and where we’re from. Creed’s a Knockout!