Monday, August 15, 2016

Film Review: Creed (2015)

Creed (Review)
United States/2015
Format Viewed For Review: VUDU
Netflix Streaming: No
Amazon Prime: No

"It's everything you could want from a Rocky film."

Adonis "Donnie" Johnson (Michael B. Jordan), the illegitimate child of Apollo Creed, seeks to create his own legacy as a boxer...

Creed is a sports-drama film – a sequel to Rocky Balboa, actually. The film follows Donnie, a young man with a troubled childhood, a decent adult life, and an uncertain future. Donnie ditches his 'safe' life, which we can only assume is very luxurious, to pursue a career in boxing. So, he leaves California and moves to Philadelphia to train with the legend himself, Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone). From here, it follows many of the same boxing drama beats – training montage, obstacle/defeat, motivational speech, training montage, and so on. It's a very familiar formula, occasionally to a fault, but it's not horrible. It leads to a climactic final fight and a solid ending.

Creed is a great movie – at times, it bleeds excellence. It's familiar, it's hard to get around that, but that doesn't spoil the film. Creed manages to entertain through its powerful drama and its exciting bouts in the ring. It is, at times, humorous; during others, it is suspenseful; but, it is always triumphant. This film is more than worthy of being part of the legendary Rocky series. It captures a similar vibe without leaning too much on the originals as a crutch. Donnie's character is well-developed, too. The romance never really touches the audience, though. I don't really have many other complaints for the film, so I'll keep it at that.

Michael B. Jordan is a great leading man. Jordan is effortlessly charismatic, sincere, and varied. He hits the right notes with this performance. Sylvester Stallone is stellar, though. Stallone quite possibly delivers his best performance ever. Sure, he was never a Pacino or De Niro, but he's had some good ones. Don't ever count him out. The film looks great and the music is fantastic – well, I love the original score, at least. Creed was written by Ryan Coogler and Aaron Covington; Coogler also directs. I didn't have any significant complaints regarding the writing or direction. I wish the romance subplot was more fine-tuned, but it wasn't bad.

Overall, Creed is a great movie. It's exciting, suspenseful, emotional, and motivational. It's everything you could want from a Rocky film. For fans of the genre, this is definitely worth watching. Don't expect anything new or groundbreaking for the genre, though – this film sticks to the rules/groundwork from the past.

Score: 8/10
Parental Guide: Violence and blood.


  1. Great review! I really enjoyed Creed but I'd never actually seen any of the Rocky movies. Once I watched the original I realised why it's such a loved movie :)
    - Allie

    1. Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed the movie, too! The original Rocky is amazing. Some of the sequels were not-so-great, but there's a special place in my heart for Rocky 4 and Rocky Balboa. 😊