Sunday, June 19, 2016

Creed


It's been a minute since I posted any reviews on my movie picks. Since I have some time between reading assignments at the moment, I thought I would mention some of the movies that I have watched lately. First up is Creed.  If I am being honest, I thought this movie would be stupid as Hell.
I kept thinking, "Why do we need yet another Rocky movie?".  Now don't get me wrong I love the Rocky franchise of movies. I actually even have them all on DVD. I refused to pay for a movie ticket and then be pissed off when it sucked. I picked up the blu-ray a few weeks back (see...I told you it's been a while since I posted about a movie pick) and it was one of our family movie night selections.

I have never been so happy to be wrong before.  I really liked this freaking movie!  I like watching Sylvester Stallone movies but much like Nicolas Cage, he is a 1 dimensional kind of actor.  I get it now. I kept seeing how he was being nominated for awards for his performance and man did he deserve it.  I don't want to give away the whole storyline but there are definately some spoilers on the way.

Flash forward roughly 24 or 25 years since Rocky's former foe-turned friend, Apollo Creed, died in the ring. Rocky has been retired for some time and is content, if lonely, running his restaurant and living in his beloved Philly.  A young up and coming boxer shows up and asks him all kinds of questions about Apollo and mentions that he wants to be the best so he needs Rocky to train him.  The kid his Adonis Johnson ( Michael B. Jordan).  He is the child of Apollo Creed and a mistress he had just before he died.  Adonis was born after Apollo's passing and so had no chance to meet his famous father.  He was found in the juvenile system when he was around 9 or 10 by Apollo's wife (played by Phylicia Rashad).  She knew all about him and wanted to raise him the way her husband would have.  She is not thrilled that he has decided to walk away from a very lucrative job to follow his dream to be a boxing legend like his Dad.
Rocky decides he owes it to Apollo to train his son and then everything just falls in place. There is a love interest, Bianca, played by Tessa Thompson.  She is popular, local singer trying to make it big on her own.  Adonis gains a lot of attention once word gets out that he is the son of  the great Apollo Creed......no pressure right..lol.  He gets an offer to fight the best boxer in the world ( played by Tony Bellew) and accepts so this is when the real training begins.  He moves in with Rocky and they become a family.  This was touching. I liked the way they deal with each other.  Along the way,  Rocky gets some bad news and finds out he has cancer and after losing his wife to the same disease, he decides against the treatments. Once Adonis finds out he begins to push Rocky to get better while Rocky pushes him to become the best. Hint: This is when Sly really shows how good of an actor he can be. I will not spoil the ending but I will tell you that we were all so into the boxing match it didn't even seem like we were watching a movie anymore.

This was a great movie. I truly enjoyed everything about it. It had a little something for everyone and it once again proved what an amazing director Sylvester Stallone is.

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