Creed – Movie Review

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Official Synopsis: The former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson, the son of his late friend and former rival Apollo Creed.

Review Summary:

Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station) directs with such passion for the material, and Michael B. Jordan, as Creed, commits fervently to a shockingly effective film. Tears welled up in my eyes on numerous occasions, both from Stallone’s heartfelt performance, and from Creed’s struggle to get out of his father’s shadow.

Both Stallone and Jordan have marvelous chemistry, and the student teacher relationship is well drawn, while not reading as sappy. The final boxing match was so enthralling, my knees shook a little. There hasn’t been a film in 2015 that affected me so deeply. If you miss Creed for fear of seeing “another one of those Rocky movies,” then you’re doing yourself a major disservice.

Do not miss this film. It’s the best in the franchise since 1976.

Grade: A

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, Anthony Bellews

Directed by: Ryan Coogler

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violence, language and some sensuality

Run Time: 132 min

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