Director Ryan Coogler brought the most logical continuation of the Rocky film screen to life. Using a talented ensemble cast and a tradition, this story, the movie Creed, is told like no other.
Adonis “Donny” Creed is the illegitimate son of former boxing Heavyweight Champion of the world: Apollo Creed. Apollo died before Adonis was born and he became an orphan. However, Mary Anne Creed, widow of Apollo, adopts him, not wanting him to be punished for Apollo’s mistakes.
Seventeen years later, Donny loves to box and even walks away from a lucrative career in Los Angeles so he can. However, he funds no one wants to train him, knowing how his father died in Rock IV. He leaves home, much to chagrin of Mary Anne, and heads to Philadelphia. He meets an old friend of his father’s, none other than Rocky Balboa.
At first hesitant, Rocky agrees to take Adonis under his wing and train him for a fight against Heavyweight contender “Pretty” ricky Conlan who’s about to go to prison. Meanwhile, Donny meets Bianca, a talented singer who is slowly going deaf. At first, stunned he’s Apollo Creed’s son, she supports him as he prepares to make a name for himself with the help of one of the greats.
As I sai earlier, this film was the natural continuation of the original franchise. It is a story told brilliantly thanks to Coogler who did an awesome job. Though the film seemed a tad rushed in places, it still did a great job bridging a new mythology with the old. Michael B. Jordan was amazing as Adonis Creed and Sylvestor Stallone was, of course, masterful as Rocky Balboa.
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Language, sports related violence, some innuendo
FAVORITE QUOTE: Time takes everybody out. Time’s undefeated.
- Michael B. Jordan as Adonis “Donnie” Johnson Creed, “Hollywood Donnie”
- Alex Henderson as young Adonis Johnson
- Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa
- Tessa Thompson as Bianca
- Phylicia Rashad as Mary Anne Creed
- Tony Bellew as “Pretty” Ricky Conlan: A British fighter
- Graham McTavish as Tommy Holiday: Conlan’s trainer
- Wood Harris as Tony “Little Duke” Evers
- Andre Ward as Danny “Stuntman” Wheeler: A light heavyweight boxer
- Gabriel Rosado as Leo “The Lion” Sporino
- Ritchie Coster as Pete Sporino
- Jacob “Stitch” Duran as himself: An esteemed cutman in both Boxing and Mixed martial arts
- Ricardo “Padman” McGill as himself: One of Adonis’s trainers.
- Malik Bazille as Amir: Padman’s son and Adonis’s sparring partner.
- Derrick Webster as Kevin “The Bank” Grier
- Hans Marrero as Flores: A Mexican fighter.
- Mauricio Ovalle as Flores’s trainer
- Tone Trump as himself
- Brian Anthony Wilson as James
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