Who would have ever thought that
Rocky 6–excuse me, Creed–would be a major awards contender and potentially earn Sylvester Stallone another Oscar?
I didn’t. As a matter of fact, when the project was announced roughly a year ago I thought it’d be ‘watchable’ at best. My expectations were exceeded ten-fold. Ryan Coogler not only revived a dead franchise but he brought us one of the most gripping, emotional movies in a glaringly weak year for cinema.
Like Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we’re dealt a soft, ‘history-repeats-itself’ reboot starring Michael B. Jordan as Adonis, the offspring of Carl Weathers’s Apollo Creed. Taking on the ‘Mickey’ role is now Sylvester Stallone, reprising his role as Rocky Balboa. Coogler’s direction of the two main actors and Tess Thompson, who delivers a fantastic performance as Creed’s love interest Bianaca, is to be admired. The actors are compelling and have produced a more engaging film than almost anything else I’ve seen in recent memory.
Overall, Creed cannot be missed.