Exams are over! (And the fact I’ve not posted about them probably tells the story of how ‘well’ they’ve gone)
Like the true rock’n’roll star I am, my first Friday night of freedom consisted of watching Creed on DVD. And I wouldn’t have traded it for the world. It’s easily the best film I’ve seen, and the best Rocky instalment in years.
Ok, technically it’s not even a part of the Rocky franchise. The Ryan Coogler film is a spin-off and the first film in the series where Rocky doesn’t fight. Knowing this beforehand, I was a little sceptical. But it’s genuinely an absolute cracker.
Creed sees Sylvester Stallone pass the torch on to Michael Jordan (not the basketball legend) who plays the leading role of Adonis Johnson. However, Rocky is still very much an integral part of the story, which is underlined by the fact Stallone won a Golden Globe, and, without giving too much away, it definitely sees his character come full circle. With Creed 2 already in the offing, it’s a little hard to see where Rocky’s character can go from here, especially as the last scene of the film at the top of the Philadelphia steps is the perfect ending. If this is to be Stallone’s final appearance in his most iconic role, it’s a far greater ending than the Rocky Balboa film. And a million times better than Rocky V.
The main plot, surrounding Johnson, fits in nicely with the Rocky franchise. But I think the real charm is that this film could quite happily sit on its own. This is one of the most interesting boxing films of recent years and, by the end, you’re definitely rooting for the main star. It doesn’t quite replicate the emotions of Rocky, but I don’t think any other boxing film could.
Johnson’s character is made far more compelling due to the troubled childhood depicted in the early scenes – again, I don’t want to give too much away, but this is more than just a boxing film.
There’s a few humorous moments in the film too, with Rocky misunderstanding the Cloud being a nice touch referencing the generational gap. My only disappointment with the film was that Tony Bellew, who I love as a fighter, didn’t really do it for me in his role as Ricky Conlon.
Despite that minor letdown, this film packs a punch from start to finish. If included in the Rocky series, I’d have it as my third favourite – behind I and IV – and that should tell you how highly I rate the movie.
I’m not gonna give it a rating as I’m not a critic. But if you’re a Rocky fan, go and buy it. You will not regret it.