Creed is directed by Ryan Coogler staring Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone and it is a continuation of the Rocky franchise in a way that I doubt has been done before at least not on the big screen, in many ways Creed brings the iconic boxing franchise to its core which is basically about struggle and loss and overcoming obstacles, Ryan Coogler successfully takes these concepts and makes an Art house movie that is both fulfilling engaging and entertaining all in one beautiful package.
The movie stars as Apollo Creed’s troubled son played by Micheal B. Jordan who is fighting every day in his life and it does a great job building his character while and having him grow through it without going into the clichés that one would expect from a black orphan, eventually he finds his way to Philadelphia where he meets Rocky and asks him to train him to become a better fighter, the rest of the film is not what you expect to happen he doesn’t just become the world champion out of the sudden I will let you watch it yourself to understand what I mean by that, while the film’s center plot is Donny Creed’s rise it is not the only fight, the other one is even more emotional and touching and heartbreaking to watch, I really don’t want to spoil anything here but if you have seen the movie you know what I am talking about.
The fight scenes are really beautifully shot they don’t feel like movie fight scenes they feel like actual boxing kinda like Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull and David O. Russell’s The Fighter it feel like the sport which adds a lot to the realism of film especially the last fight, and the way the movie’s story goes it is making references to the other Rocky movies without relying too much on call backs like for example Jurassic World did earlier this year, I am not saying it is a bad thing but the film has to move forward and become its own beast and that is where Ryan Coogler’s work really shows and for me he is going to be one of the directors that I will keep my eye open for from now.
The performances are in two categories, the good like Michael B. Jordan who is doing a good job and everyone around him that deliver their lines and roles as well as I want them to, there is also the amazing which is for everyone’s is Sylvester Stallone, for my money he is the best supporting actor this year he should have won the oscar and he wasn’t just amazing in emotional scenes he was amazing as the coach he was amazing as the other part that I am not going to spoil (again), he really was the best actor and this proves one thing actors are only as good as the director want them to be I really wish he keeps making things like this because it is a shame to not share this talent with the rest of us.
Verdict : Creed is masterpiece well crafted by Ryan Coogler’s amazing direction and script and Sylvester Stallone’s perfect performance.