Creed is the 7th offering in the Rocky film series. Sylvester Stallone reprises his role of prize-fighter Rocky Balboa.
The story concerns Adonis “Donnie” Johnson (played by Michael B. Jordan), the son of Balboa’s former nemesis/friend Apollo Creed (who died in the ring in Rocky IV.) Taking after his father, Johnson is a talented but self-trained fighter. After losing an impromptu bout in an LA gym, Johnson leaves to search out Rock Balboa, his father’s at-first nemesis and then training partner.
Balboa is reluctant to take on a protege, but relents after seeing that Johnson will let nothing stop him from achieving his goals; Balboa sees a lot of Apollo Creed in his son.
Through hard work and pure luck, Johnson gets a shot at the light heavyweight title held by Irish pugilist “Pretty” Ricky Conlan.
If all this sounds sort of familiar, Creed is a retelling of the first Rocky movie. Fans of the series won’t care due to the wonderful, heartfelt performances from Stallone and Jordan. The boxing matches are thrilling without being unnecessarily brutal.
Fans of the Rocky series will love this movie.
Skip it if boxing movie violence is a turn off.
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