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Creed film review

An attempt to change the Rocky formula

Creed film review

Thu 26 Nov 2015
An attempt to change the Rocky formula
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Living up to a father's legacy

Walking into the cinema...
Another incarnation of Rocky, but does anyone care about the Italian Stallion anymore?

Overall Rating: 3 stars
Cinematic rating: 3 stars
Bigger questions rating: 2.75 stars

Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan) has struggled throughout his life. His adolescence has been spent in foster care and juvenile detention where he learned to find his solace and survival in fighting. One day Mary Ann Creed (Phylicia Rashad) walks into his detention centre cell and offers him a new life. She tells him that this young delinquent is the son of the late Apollo Creed. Despite being the son of another woman, his new mother chooses to raise this troubled young man as her own. He is given a pauper to prince experience, but despite the privileges of this lifestyle, Adonis yearns to get into the ring and fight. After university, he is working his way up the corporate ladder, but chooses to leave it behind and move to Philadelphia to pursue this dream to box like his father. He searches for his father's friend and rival, Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), to ask him to consider to being his trainer and to guide him through the world of boxing.
There is some hope for the Italian Stallion franchise, despite all of the scepticism that precedes seeing another Rocky film. The choice of director is the up-and-coming Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station) and he partners with the potential new face of this franchise, Michael B. Jordan. The challenge for this young team is to respect the original material and still offer something fresh.

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Written by Russell Matthews based on a five star rating system @ Russelling Reviews #russellingreviews #creed

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