Franchise Weekend – Creed (2015) Revisited

Director: Ryan Coogler

Writer: Ryan Coogler, Aaron Covington (Screenplay) Sylvester Stallone (Characters)

Starring: Michael B Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, Andre Ward, Tony Bellew

 

Plot: The former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson, the son of his late friend and former rival Apollo Creed.


Tagline – Your legacy is more than a name

Runtime: 2 Hours 13 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Brutally Brilliant

 

Story: Creed starts as we see how Adonis was raised in the foster system, before being adopted by Apollo Creed’s wife Mary Anne (Rashad) to raise her late husband’s son, given chances of an education, Adonis (Jordan) is drawn to fighting wanting to follow in his father’s footsteps. With Mary Anne reluctant to see Adonis fight, she sends him to Philadelphia to train away from the streets of LA.

Adonis meets Rocky (Stallone) who gets talked into training Adonis and helping him make decisions that will help his career in an even more cutthroat world that boxing has become, when Light Heavyweight champion ‘Pretty’ Ricky Conlan (Bellew) and his manager Tommy Holiday (McTavish) learn of Adonis true identity, they want to make a mega payday, which leads to Adonis in his first major fight, while Rocky will face his next fight in life.

 

Thoughts on Creed

 

Characters – Adonis Johnson is the son of Apollo Creed from an affair that saw him being raised in the foster system which taught him how to be tough. Eventually he is adopted by Apollo’s widow who gives him a chance, where he makes a career for himself, however the desire to fight keeps him heading to Mexico for fights before deciding he wants to follow in his father’s footsteps. He heads to Philadelphia to learn from his father’s biggest enemy Rocky Balboa, where he learns about his own destiny in the sport. Rocky Balboa is still running his restaurant, he has no lost everyone in his life, with his loved ones passing on and his son moved away, he reluctantly agrees to train Adonis which brings a new spark to his life, only for him to get news about his own future giving him a new fight to take on. Bianca is the neighbour that Adonis meets, she is a musician on the verge of her own big break, with her own problems, they two get close as she becomes part of his own inspiration. Mary Anne is the wife of Apollo, she raised Adonis as her own giving him the chances he had never received, she doesn’t want him to fight because she knows what it does to a boxer, she does however know she isn’t going to win and sends him to Rocky.  

PerformancesMichael B Jordan gives us one of the best boxing performances ever, we believe his own struggles and he gives us belief he is raising up the ranks. Sylvester Stallone bought new life to his character of Rocky here, with a performance that is easily his best in his modern cinema run, he makes everything about his character believable like we caught up with him. Tessa Thompson comes onto the scene with this performance that turned heads, she is great through the film. The rest of the cast are good with Tony Bellew being an actual boxer adding realism to the rival for the fighting world.

StoryThe story here follows Apollo Creed’s son take his first steps in the boxing world, given the unlikely chance for a big fight which is only mean to be a publicity stunt for the champion, much like Rocky’s first big fight. We see how Rocky has made the transition from fighter to trainer with us getting a chance to meet the biggest fictional fighter in his latter years, showing us how life can catch up with everyone. The story could easily be a soft reboot of Rocky and manages to show us how the reboot sequel is working very well at the moment, returning old favourites to help guide the next generation. The side stories going on show us how everybody has their own stories going on, instead of focusing just on one person moment in the sun, which feels refreshing for the genre.

SportsThe boxing in the film is easily the most realistic that you will see in any film, the hit feel as brutal as they are meant to.

SettingsWe return to Philadelphia for most of the film, this shows us how places have changed and others are still the same, it is like stepping into a time capsule at times.


Scene of the Movie –
The big fight.

That Moment That Annoyed Me I would have liked an extra length of time at the press conference.

Final ThoughtsThis is easily the best in the Rocky franchise for a very long time, it has bought us the same story of becoming an overnight success with one chance to make it, with truly powerful performances from the cast.

 

Overall: Knockout Movie.

Rating

 

 

Advertisements

Opinion Battles Results Favourite Performance in a Harry Potter Movie

Opinion Battles Results

Favourite Performance in a Harry Potter Movie

This round we have had an excellent selection of Selection of Harry Potter Performances, but just which one was the most popular?

3rd

Choice – Gary Oldman and Evanna Lynch

Players –  Table 9 Mutant and Myself

Points – 3

2nd

Choice – Daniel Radcliff

Players – Emma

Points – 6

1st

Choice – Alan Rickman

Players – Everyone else.

Points – 12

If you want to take part in the next round, we are looking at Worst Animated Sequel.

send you choices to moviereviews101@yahoo.co.uk.

Closing Date – Friday 7th December 2018

Here is the table, (Drew – Drew’s Movie Reviews, Kim – Tranquil Dreams, Cinema Parrot Disco, Rob – Movie Rob, Damien Riley – Riley Film Reviews, Emma – Emma Explains It All, S.G. Liput – Rhyme and Reason, Rachel – 54 Disney Reviews, Tom – Plain Simple Tom Reviews, John – Johnrieber.com, Diana – DB Movie Blog, Milo – Stuff and That) can anyone take this league by storm like last year?

 

ABC Film Challenge – Anticipated for 2019 – A

ABC Film Challenge

Anticipated for 2019

A

The year 2018 is coming to a close and it is time to look ahead to the new year, through December the subject is the films I am looking forward to seeing, hopefully I will be able to select one film for each letter even if we dive into actors, directors or themes. Join in if you want and let’s get this conversation going about the next hopefully wonderful year in film.

Aladdin

Stars – Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Will Smith

SynopsisA live-action retelling of the 1992 Disney film of the same name.

The Main Reason I Want to See ItWhen it comes to the 1992 version of Aladdin, Robin Williams stole the movie as the Genie, which fine, the problem comes from making the story take a back burner to the comedy routine. The live action Disney movies have been enjoyable and been able to expand the story to have a human factor, the worry with this film would be Guy Ritchie whose last film King Arthur was a disappointment both in quality and box office.

Release Date (UK)24th May 2019

The Aftermath

StarsAlexander Skarsgard, Keira Knightley, Jason Clarke

SynopsisPost World War II, a British colonel and his wife are assigned to live in Hamburg during the post-war reconstruction, but tensions arise with the German who previously owned the house.

The Main Reason I Want to See ItWhen it comes to war movies, we have seen nearly every type of destruction, heart breaking story and battle we could imagine, so by taking up the story of the aftermath of war should be a very interesting war, much like what ‘Emperor’ gave us, this could be one that gets people to want to learn about the consequences of war.

Release Date (UK)1st March 2019

Alita: Battle Angel

StarsRosa Salazar, Jennifer Connelly, Eiza Gonzalez

SynopsisAn action-packed story of one young woman’s journey to discover the truth of who she is and her fight to change the world.

The Main Reason I Want to See ItThis is a movie that has been delayed for 2018, it does have a unique look about it and does seem to have an interesting story that will focus on a character looking for a place in the world. the fight scenes look like a lot of fun which is what we want to see at times, as a fan of Robert Rodriquez I will give any of his films a go, I just hope we get to see this one this year.

Release Date (UK)5th February 2019

Ad Astra

StarsBrad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland

SynopsisAstronaut Roy McBride travels to the outer edges of the solar system to find his missing father and unravel a mystery that threatens the survival of our planet.

The Main Reason I Want to See ItA sci-fi film that isn’t just battles, well this sounds like something I am going to be enjoying from start to finish, anything that involves solar system travel is interesting to watch, we have a stellar cast here, a director who has only made good films, we have everything we need to enjoy ourselves.

Release Date (UK)24th May 2019