Creed (Review) by @MykeDSOM
First and foremost before I get to the review let me just say that I am not a damn movie/film critic or whatever the hell you want to call it. Do I have plans on working in TV/film in the future? Most definitely, I just call it how I see it with my own in-depth perspective, whether it's great or wack. Just ease up, get off your period and stop looking for a heated debate. Now, let's get to the good shit.
"Eye of the tiger…" - Apollo
Creed has been one of my top 5 anticipating movies of 2015; to prepare for Creed I watched 2 of my favorite Rocky movies, III and IV. On Friday Night I finally seen one of the best movies of 2015, Creed is a spin-off/continuation of the Rocky series; unfortunately you know Apollo got his cranium cracked in IV, as he died right in the ring. Now years later you have Adonis (which is a raw ass name by the way and glad they didn't use the typical Apollo Jr.) a young hungry fighter who didn't know his father. Man, I'll tell you this, Creed has so many elements from the Rocky movies you don't know if you want to call it a spin-off or a sequel, and that's the best part about it. If anything, the new generation is getting introduced to Apollo's legacy via his son.
"You know me Stallion, I’ll always think of something else…"
Sylvester Stallone delivers his best performance in the Rocky series with a little surprise revealed, (that’s if you’ve been paying attention since the 4th installment). Aside from that, he’s the same Rocky Balboa, from the charisma, to the humor, everything Rocky is there. Sly and Jordan's chemistry definitely reminds you of Rocky and Micky. Tony Bellew and Andre Ward were great and I'm sure they'll be back. Wood Harris was great for his moment and it was cool to see him reunite with Jordan, whom he starred on The Wire with. Michael B. Jordan was definitely the right person for Adonis; you can tell in the film that he has Apollo's blood in him. I can't wait for his character development in the future of this franchise, especially when he really starts talking that shit like Apollo did. In the last fight you will definitely feel the nostalgia from Rocky IV, when Adonis tells Rocky something in the corner. Tessa Thompson was so good it’s going to be very interesting to see where her character goes within the franchise. Thompson’s chemistry with Jordan is excellent and it gives you the feels of Rocky & Adrian’s relationship. Philadelphia rapper Tone Trump had a cool cameo and I wanted him to be a fighter from Philly but who knows? That very well may happen in future installments. There's a couple of “Easter Eggs” in the film, one that's related to Apollo and Rocky's trainer Tony "Duke" Evers, which was mad cool to see and I hope Tony shows up in the future. I know it sounds corny but it would've been crazy to see Carl Weathers show up for a brief moment but the old footage we got was enough and I'm glad that happened; it was perfect.
"Just stand by my side 1 last time…"
Creed was so all over & I mean that in the best way ever. It felt like I was watching a movie, documentary, and a 30 for 30, while actually sitting ringside at a boxing match, at the same damn time. The cinematography was top notch, the unexpected comedy, and the montage, were both epic to see and more films need to bring those elements back. The punches thrown and landed made it seem like it was a real fight and not just an all out brawl without the “sweet science”. The sound was fucking amazing, from the punches, to the music, to the crowd chatter in the fights. And when it comes to a boxing movie you can't go wrong with a song like, The Fire by The Roots, and I for one, can't wait to hear this movie on some Beats headphones. The very realistic HBO 24/7, Sportscenter, and PTI elements were thrown in perfectly; it makes you forget you’re watching a movie. Ryan Coogler did such a dope ass job writing and directing this film; Hollywood has to let him keep doing this franchise. Coogler and Jordan are a special combination and it was great for Ryan to come into the Hollywood spotlight with a story like this. I’m surprised they actually give him the green light, which is another win for Black Hollywood and definitely another personal inspiration for me.
"Without some damn war to fight then the warrior may as well be dead, Stallion…"
And now we get to the million-dollar question, is Creed better than Southpaw? Absolutely, to the 25th power, and please let's not try to clown Southpaw either. Southpaw was directed by another black director, Antoine Fuqua, and it was great, especially Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance but Creed reigns supreme in this match; so much so that it makes me want to get in better shape and start training again. Hell, I even want EA Sports to put another Fight Night video game in production while making Rocky and Apollo playable characters in it. Creed was SO fucking epic, it's one of those movies I’ll go see 3+ times & won't be bored as shit; it's that good! Creed is a top 5 movie this year and easily a top 5 boxing movie ever. This film is nothing short of Oscar worthy and gets 10 right hooks outta 10.
"There is no tomorrow!" - Apollo Creed