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Trailer Reaction: Creed

4 Submitted by on Wed, 01 July 2015, 12:59

Though Rocky looked like he bowed out of the ring with 2006’s Rocky Balboa, a surprisingly satisfying finale for a franchise that spawned five sequels, it appears that the series that made the career of Sylvester Stallone is far from over. Directed by Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station), Creed is a Rocky spinoff that follows Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan), the youngest son of Rocky’s arch-rival and friend, Apollo Creed. In addition to Jordan and Stallone, the film co-stars Wood Harris, Tessa Thompson and Phylicia Rashad.

 

It’s great to see a boxing film that follows a fighter of color. As many of us know, sports movies, especially those centered on boxing or prizefighting, typically follows a protagonist that is usually white. Jordan, who’s proven himself to be one of the best young talents working today, seems more than up to task of not only changing that formula, but also playing the son of the charismatic Apollo. Additionally, it’s nice to see Stallone actually acting his age and choosing not to get back in the ring for whatever reason or another.Taking on the role of a trainer/mentor for Adonis is a huge step in the right direction for Stallone’s Balboa.

Now, to be completely honest, I’ve never been the biggest fan of the Rocky franchise, but even I’ll admit that the references to the original films, especially Rocky and Rocky IV, are pretty cool little nostalgic nods. It’s also hard not to see the parallels between Creed and the much maligned Rocky V, where Rocky also trained a young upcoming boxer. Though that film was less than successful, Creed definitely looks like the superior version of that story from the trailer alone. At this point, I’m just waiting for the end-credit’s stinger when Ivan Drago Jr. challenges Adonis to a boxing match to the death. Think of all the wonderful montages we’ll get in that sequel!

Creed will make its way to theatres November 25, 2015.

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While braving the snow-swept wasteland of Buffalo, New York for 18 long years, Christopher Herman developed a love for geek culture. A child of the 90s, he was raised on the valuable lessons taught by Batman: The Animated Series, Hey Arnold and Animaniacs. Eventually discovering a passion for movies, books, comics and video games, Chris began hoarding his knowledge of geekdom. Whether it’s Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, Mass Effect, Firefly or Avatar: The Last Airbender, he’s always willing to discuss the intricate worlds and stories of geek properties. Chris currently resides in San Marcos, TX.
  • dark knight fan

    Hey there is a director’s cut of Rocky 5 and it’s awesome, just look for it online.

    • Nicholas Collier

      True 🙂 kinda like that Daredevil

      • dark knight fan

        It’s has more of that dark feel like the first Rocky.

  • Preston

    I think I can get into this. Five out of six Rocky movies are great… love ’em.