Seeing how I have never seen a Rocky movie, in it’s entirety, I probably wasn’t the best choice to go see this movie. I understand that the Rocky movies have a huge legacy and are highly respected by a lot of people, and even though I have never seen an entire movie I still know the characters and story lines.
I didn’t actually go see the advanced screening as press, but a someone who clicked the link faster than anyone else and received the free tickets. I went in knowing most of the big bullet points, but the questions that I had going in were who was going to die, who won the third fight and was Adonis going to win the main fight.
I’m not going to spoil the movie, but I will say that even going in with minimal knowledge of the movies the film moved me. There was never any dull points and I’m sure the scenes that seemed like story progression were throw backs to the original Rocky movies. I also would have recognized some of the characters that were introduced, because they seem to have been there for at least a few movies. Regardless of that, the movie had me hooked right from the beginning. There was no real back story of Adonis, but just by listening to him speak about growing up was enough to know what had been happening throughout his life. At times Adonis Johnson (Creed) seemed like a superhero or crime fighter, because he would be off doing these underground fights and then show up to a blue collar job the next day.
It’s easy to say that this is just the start of the Rocky movies because eventually, logically, Rocky has to die at some time. A new face in the crowd can help continue the legacy, but it’s not about that. The whole movie, Adonis is reminded of his father and constantly being compared. This may be something that others would like, but when it comes to boxing or any sport you really want to cement your own legacy. Riding coat tails may be acceptable in some sports, but for Adonis he would eventually take the name and that’s it.
The movie is set around Adonis using his underground fight record to face a world champion, and even though he doesn’t like to be compared to his father, in this it was the reason he got to fight. Adonis also finds his own Adrian while he meets up and gets Rocky to train him.
Sylvester Stallone really plays a great aging street smart Rocky, who may have missed a few too many days in school. There is a key part of the movie, because it allows for comedic parts and also some pretty heartfelt moments. Michael B. Jordan takes on the mantle of Creed beautifully and really looks like he put some time into a boxing gym. Tony Bellew plays Ricky Conlan, who is the last fight of the movie, and brings out the villain in someone who is really just looking for one last fight.
During the fight scenes the camera work was great and there were hardly any long shots, so you really got to see the action up close and personally. Fluid motions from the boxers really helped push the illusion of these two men being legitimate professional fighters.
The movie was a real treat to watch and it even had me choked up during a reveal in the movie. True Rocky fans will no doubt tear up far more than I did, because they know the history and what Rocky went through to be where he is today. The struggles and heartache can be seen throughout on the face of Rocky as he watches a kid doing what he was doing when he was younger while attempting to fill the shoes of his fallen friend.