First and foremost, I am not a boxing fan but when I was growing up, I was exposed to some movies that focuses on boxing like the Rocky franchise. I was not keen on understanding the boxing aspects but more of the acting and how entertaining it could be to a certain extent.
Then last month, I came across some promotion of an upcoming movie titled “Creed”. It’s another one of those boxing movies so you kind of imagine how enthusiastic I was (sarcastic remark). But then it featured an actor named Michael B. Jordan. I knew him only from the Fantastic 4, a movie catastrophe. Jordan played Johnny Storm as the Human Torch. Though the movie flopped big time, he did catch my attention because it did not really give him the opportunity to shine as an actor, more so as Human Torch. So when I was watching the preview, it did spark an interest to try and watch the movie when it opened.
The verdict? I was blown away with the movie. Though I knew Sylvester Stallone was in the movie, I thought of him just an actor, acting as a coach for Jordan. But NO!!! This movie is actually a continuity from the Rocky franchise. Jordan played as Adonis Johnson, the illegitimate son of Apollo Johnson. Stallone was Rocky as a retired boxer and now owns an Italian restaurant. Was the “Italian” restaurant a surprise? Not at all. And Stallone was helping Jordan become the best boxer that he could be.
The acting was great, the cast was awesome, and the plot was amazing. I really couldn’t find any fault or “it could have been better” scenarios. I actually enjoyed the movie, both the boxing action and the story itself. Jordan did redeem himself in the movie as a real actor. I was convinced that he was a boxer. But the most surprising moment for me was the way Stallone acted. He was believable and adorable. I have a sense of appreciation on his role because it’s more raw and vulnerable in the movie. I felt the acting of Jordan and Stallone were neither overly or underly done. It was just perfectly right. I also appreciate the little humor every now and then which released a bit of the tension of the movie/plot.
I also have to make mention one of the fantastic scene in the movie or at least for me. It’s the first official fight of Adonis as a boxer. If you will take note, it was a one-take scene. The camera was just moving circular around the ring while they fought. There were no cuts in the scene so the way it was choreographed was impressive.
This is one movie that the action is as equal as the emotion that unravel within the story which makes a great worthwhile movie therefore I highly recommend this. There are other interesting twists and turns (especially on the legacy aspect) in the movie and I prefer not shredding them all here so you could find the time to watch this movie. But rest assured, you will not be disappointed.
5/5 Stars rating