Creed will easily go down in history as one of the greatest boxing films ever created thanks the Ryan Coogler (Director) maintaining the integrity of the true Rocky series while adding a fresh and inspiring boost to the film. As, with most films that try to dive into the history of classics I wasn’t completely convinced about this film being a blockbuster but after seeing the film and appreciating the level of detail that went into Creed it has made me a believer. Coogler was definitely blessed with an all-star cast with Sylvester Stallone, Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad and more to make this film a hit and he did just that. When you have so many veterans on your team to act you can only expect the best. The one draw back from the acting lies in some of the boxing scenes as they don’t feel as raw and authentic as they could have been. This might be due to the fact that the boxers in the film are actors, but this is something you can get over.
Although the classics including Rocky (1976), Rocky II (1979), Rocky III (1982), Rocky IV (1985) were all great in their own way in showing the perseverance, hard work and determination in an American Boxer it has yet to be done with a Boxer of color throughout the series. This simple factor alone made the interest level for Creed, to be one to look forward to and peaked my interested to see how it would eloquently be depicted on the big screen.
The storyline for the film is rooted around Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan) who is identified as the son of the famous boxing champion Apollo Creed, who died in a boxing match in Rocky IV (1985). In the film it’s shared that Adonis wasn’t born until after his father’s death and wants to follow his father’s footsteps while creating his own name in the sport of boxing. To make this happen, he seeks the mentorship of a retired Rocky Balboa, the former heavyweight boxing champion and former friend of Apollo Creed. With Rocky’s help, they work towards a title fight to eventually help Adonis create his own legacy in boxing while upholding the name of his father Apollo Creed.
The story itself was a pretty good one considering that most of the filmmakers of this time never spends as much time on the story as they do the theatrics in the productions we’ve been seeing in the past. With the lack thereof pure storytelling this gave Coogler and his team an opportunity to shine and make sure the story of Rocky lived on throughout this film. I appreciated this much and knowing that he managed to make sure this shined throughout the film makes him one to watch for the future.
The music throughout the film was spot on. It featured everything you would imagine from a boxing film. The hard hitting hip-hop tracks including Hail Mary by 2Pac, Check by Meek Mill, and Curry Chicken by Joey Bada$$. I also like how they included an oldie as Rocky is definitely getting older and having a good time as an old man when jamming out to Wake Up Everybody by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes. The one track that def got me pumped up in the film was the music that Pretty Boy Ricky Conlan walked out to Don’t Waste My Time by Krept & Konan. Therefore, the music was fitting and on point for the films setting in Philadelphia. Not to mention the tracks that were being produced and created by Adonis Johnson’s girlfriend Bianca (Tessa Thompson) in the film were pretty epic as well with a few Rocky Anthem remixes as well.
Overall, I’d say this film is definitely one you’d want to check out while it’s still in theaters as the theatrics, music, and story is one you’ll definitely want to experience on the big screen. It has a few sad moments, but the perseverance and authenticity that was displayed of Philadelphia boxing alone will have you sparring with your friends during and after the show. After all, when you actually have a real boxer in Andre Ward appear in a great film like this and put on a show it’s well over worth the 10 bucks you’ll drop to go see this.
Make sure you make time to see this blockbuster9
Acting score 8
Story score 9
Music & SFX score 10