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Was glory restored to the Rocky Universe? How does Junior Creed measure up to the original? Find out on this episode of Dragon Ball Z! What did you think of the movie? Did you prefer the original?
There is no bigger storyline in Rocky than the one with Apollo Creed. Going from opponent, to sparring partner, to mentor, Creed untimely replaces Mickey Goldmill. You’d be lying if you said you never cheered for Creed. Of course you did! We all did- and we all knew we were cheating on Rocky. There’s something magnanimous and likeable about the man. Squarely, the exact opposite of everything we felt for Ivan Drago. To this day, if you name your child Ivan, I harbor some resentment.
So when it’s announced that Apollo Creed has a son, I damn near fainted. It’s like Superman having a baby who grew up in Minneapolis and we’re all just hearing about it.
Live Tweet: Superman has a son. Dude, twenty-one. Training be like dad. Mom not so keen. Collective mouths still dragging on floor.
There’s actual boxing royalty out there and he’s pulling a Prince and the Pauper.
When the movie announced, I was nervousness. It’s the same thing when they change the Doctor. Like takeoff, this is the time when it’s easy to screw up. The past few Rocky movies were tempered.
Where Creed excels is you’re dealing with an original Rocky storyline. This is Apollo’s son. He wants to box. Who’s going to train him? Is he half as good as his dad? What comes with that is the internal battle, which is wholly why this franchise is so successful. I knew everything thinks it’s because of those fighting scenes, but truthfully, it’s because all the preparation beats you down. That’s where the fight is really won and lost. If that’s not a metaphor for life, I can’t give you one.
My dad passed on the tenth. Growing up, the first movies I ever watched with him were Goldfinger, Return of the Jedi, and Rocky. I cried the entire time through this movie. Adonis Creed deals with a legacy he wants, a father he’s never known, and a death he’s trying to push past. I was crying because I matched two of those things.
Don’t judge Michael B. Jordan for the Fantastic Four, judge him on this and Fruitvale Station. He. Can. Act. It’s hard coming in to a Rocky movie because we’re all so spoiled. The flow between him and Sylvester Stalone was so fluid, you believed he was his best friend’s son. Jordan pulled off being Creed without mimicking him.
The essense of the movie is when you see Rocky for the first time. Time stops. It’s not suppose to be a Rocky Balboa movie, but, they always are. They have to be.
Stalone does such an amazing job becoming his version of Mickey. The biggest part of training isn’t the fundamentals and technicals and it’s pushing past all the obstacles that lead you away from focus. Rocky’s always told a good story. Man versus man, man versus society, man versus himself. The franchise calls itself a boxing movie, but all the action happens before the fight. That’s how good writing weaves. The fight itself is an after dinner mint.
So who is going to see Creed? Everyone that grew up with Rocky. Boxing fans. Sports fans. People who refuse to be dragged on by the Hunger Games. People that still can’t believe Apollo Creed has a son.
It’s beyond good. Rocky went back to it’s roots. There’s criticism that Tessa Thompson character as Adonis’ girlfriend wasn’t given much attention. If she was this review would run different. The focus is where is needs to be, on Apollo’s son.
Ratings: 5 out of 5 Duffies It’s just that good.