Creed (2015) – 4.5/5

What seemed like another attempt to make money off the Rocky series turned out to be a refreshing and original movie, and in many ways, better than Rocky.  Director Ryan Coogler manages to create a movie that is part of the Rocky universe but also stands out from its prequels. Even though it follows almost the same plot as the original Rocky and even feels the same, Creed somehow manages to become a movie of its own, with many open ends that (in my opinion) threaten to become another never-ending Rocky series.

However, back to the point, Sylvester Stallone does an amazing job as a coach to Apollo Creed’s legacy and son, Adonis Johnson (Micheal B. Jordan). [Spoilers ahead..] His personality as a coach is likable and his sickness gives an honest sentimental touch to the movie. As a result, the story is enjoyable and greatly explained for those unfamiliar with Rocky.

The performances by Micheal B.Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, and Tessa Thompson go above and beyond and the story develops in a timely manner. At the end you will realize that Creed may be another boxing movie, but it sure isn’t another Rocky movie. Take this from someone that is very unfamiliar with all the Rocky movies and hates boxing (Yup, that’s me). All in all, Ryan Coogler has done an amazing job.

Read more about the movie here: Rotten Tomatoes

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