Producers: Irwin Winkler, Robert Chartoff, Charles Winkler,
Director: Ryan Coogler
Writer: Ryan Coogler
Cast:Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, Tony Bellew, Graham McTavish, and others
Synopsis: Apollo Creed’s illegitimate son travels to Philadelphia to train under the man who beat his father and took his title.
Let me state from the beginning that I am a fan of the Rocky Franchise. I am not a fan of all the Rocky films, especially five, but over all it is a franchise that I can get behind and enjoy it again and again. So when Rocky Balboa came out I said, yeah this is a good end to the franchise. But I was wrong. Creed proved me wrong.
Adonis Johnson, Michael B. Jordan, is the illegitimate child of Apollo Creed who was stuck in the juvenile detention until the wife, Mary Anne Creed, (Phylicia Rashad) of the late Apollo Creed asks him to come live with her. There he grows into a man who works in an office but secretly travels to Mexico where he boxes in backroom boxing rings winning against his various opponents.
He quits his lucrative career and tells Mary Anne that he is going to become a boxer like his father. Mary Anne can’t believe this and tells him how she had to help Apollo up the stairs and attend to his bodily functions just because of the damage he took in the ring. Adonis takes no heed to her pleas and leaves to train in the gym that his father trained in, but he is refused and when he tries to prove his worth he is humiliated by a professional boxer.
Knowing that he won’t be trained in the city that he grew up in he leaves traveling to Philadelphia looking for Rocky Balboa hoping that the former champion will train him.
Ultimately this is a story about Fathers and sons. Adonis is looking for a father but at the same time wants to be his own man. He doesn’t want to make it because he’s a Creed. In the movie you learn that Rocky’s son has left the city because it was hard for him to be the son of the champ. So Adonis becomes that son to Rocky even to the point of giving him a reason to go on when Rocky becomes ill.
This is a great film, that being said there is profanity in the movie plus a sex scene but you can’t see anything. It could have been left out and not changed the movie at all. Because of this and the violence you see in the ring along with some instances where you see people drinking I would say that despite the PG-13 rating I wouldn’t have anyone younger than sixteen watch this movie.
I am giving this movie four stars out of five you can find this to rent or buy if you’re interested.