I’ve been meaning to watch Creed since it came out at the cinema, but for some reason I never got round to it. Maybe because it’s not the sort of film my partner would enjoy – having never seen the rest of the series – and to be completely honest I wasn’t so sure the 7th film in the series would actually be any good.
I’m not so sure about anyone else, but I got the impression that a dead horse was being flogged. Still, being the Stallone fan that I am, I knew I would watch it. And seeing as my husband was doing a longer day at work I figured I would enlighten Marcus to the joys of Stallone films (He’s not even 4 months old and wasn’t impressed.) Back to Creed – I was suitably impressed.
As a basic premise for those that havn’t had the pleasure of seeing it yet – The son of Apollo Creed wants to prove himself in the boxing ring in his own right. Asking Rocky Balboa to be his trainer. Of course, Rocky refuses to begin with wanting to leave that life behind, but he comes around to Adonis’ side and takes on the challenge. There is enough padding out in that to allow the story to hold it’s own as a drama also, but I wouldn’t like to spoil anything.
What is actually rather good about the film is it uses Stallone age (70 today, hurrah!) to it’s advantage. It’s not a film about Rocky making hs own come back to the arena – that’s been addressed already – it’s about Creeds son ad his trials, both personal and professional. And it’s great to see Stallone passing on the mantle of the series onto the younger generations in a sympathetic and well written way. It’s not only a fitting end for Rocky, but also a fitting beginning for Adonis Creed. It’s wonderful to see Stallone in a supporting role in one of his more recent films, rather than taking the lead. He’s done some wonderful films lately, I’m mostly on about The Expendables here, which have lent themselves brilliantly to cheesy action movies of the 80’s/90’s.
The first scene of the movie made me think that Creed would follow that same cheesy theme that The Expendables would follow, but I am pleased to say that it didn’t. (It had it’s moments, like scenes with dirt bokes) There were also wonderful gems of Rocky in the movie where you can see his younger, more care free, nature coming out to play which gives credit to Stallones acting.
Yes. Hold the Phone. Stallone can act!
There is one scene in particular that really stands out to me in the film, and it’s not even about boxing where Stallone totally steals the show. Having just been given some bad news (understatement of the century) and how he deals with it. It’s pretty powerful and helps to carry the story to just more than a film about boxing.
Also, the closing scene with the steps shows the bond that grows between Rocky and Adonis.
“One step at a time.”
It’s a film worth seeing, even if you have no interest in the sport. However, I don’t know how well it would stand up without having seen the rest of the series. Needless to say Rocky (1978) is a little bit out-dated by current movie standards and they all become a little bit predictable as you go along. It would be interesting to hear some others – who havn’t seen the Rocky series – opinions on this.
I’ve seen rumours that there is going to be another in series (Rocky 8/Creed 2) but as with these things, it’s a rumour mill. Something to keep an eye on, but I think I’ll be as hesitant to seeing Creed 2 at the cinema as I was Creed. Mostly because that dead horse isn’t going to be breathing anytime soon.