Directing an installment in a movie franchise has its merits and demerits. Fans, audience and critics who saw and liked the previous installments will ensure a good deal of publicity and initial weekend collections. On the flip side a lot of questions will arise as to whether it measures up to its previous installments, whether it continues the franchise legacy or disappoints, is this installment really needed and so on.
Creed, the seventh installment on the famous Rocky series released on November 25, 2015 amid expectations. Directed by Ryan Coogler, Creed is a spin-off rather and a continuation to Rocky Balboa released in 2006. Creed is about the life of Adonis Johnson, the illegitimate son of Apollo Creed who died fighting Ivan Drago in RockyIV. In pursuing his dream to enter professional boxing, he requests the help of the aged veteran Rocky Balboa. With Rocky accepting after relentless pursuing, Adonis is set to face the World Heavyweight champion Ricky Conlan. Guided by the master does the student chase his dreams forms the climax.
The movie could easily been a parody to its earlier ones but it stands high supported by a proper story, neat engaging screenplay and stellar performances by Sylvester Stallone and Michael B.Jordan. Michael B.Jordan is excellent and fits the role of Adonis Johnson with ease. As an emotional adult yet to come to terms with his life, Jordan as Adonis oozes enough sensitivity. But it’s Stallone as the aging Rocky Balboa who steals the show in spite of playing the second fiddle. Be it the conversations, body language and expressions Stallone once again melts everyone’s heart with his portrayal as Rocky(Stallone received the National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor). Tessa Thompson suits the role as Adonis’s girlfriend. The stunt choreography has been excellently done and music score by Ludwig Goransson fits the movie perfectly.
Watch out for:
Conversations between Michael B.Jordan and Sylvester Stallone.
Sylvester Stallone’s performance as an aging Rocky Balboa.
Intermediate and Climax fight sequences involving Michael B.Jordan.
Overall, Creed as a movie independently stands out at the same time it carries the legacy of Rocky franchise with honor and pride.
Soundtrack : Future – Last breath