Movie Preview – Creed

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted but that should improve as we get fully into the fall season. One of the movies I put in my Top 10 Fall List released a brand new trailer. These days, boxing seems to have become a lost art in the sports world. With the “retirement” of Floyd Mayweather and the rise of UFC as far as a fighting sport, boxing fades into the sunset slowly with no new, big names bringing it back to prominence.

The same can be said for boxing movies. Sylvester Stallone’s successful Rocky film series spans nearly forty years and helped the popularity of the sport. But boxing films are few and far between now, only coming around every couple of years; this year’s Southpaw being a prime example. Creed looks to be a better version of this film, powered by the star power of legendary actor Stallone. This movie could also be the vehicle to help Micheal B. Jordan’s career into the stratosphere.

In Creed, Michael B. Jordan plays Adonis Johnson, the son of Apollo Creed. He seems to reject and want to separate himself away from his father’s legacy. When he comes across the now-retired Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), he requests that the former world heavyweight champion trains him.

This trailer presents itself as more of a deeper cut for the film. While Johnson is starting to find his way and make his own legacy, Balboa seems to be on his last legs personally. Seeing himself as the last survivor of his family (his wife, Adrian, and best friend, Paulie, have passed on), he’s content moving on because he is alone but his bond with his former rival’s son brings purpose back to Balboa.

Directed by Ryan Coogler, who also co-wrote with Aaron Covington (Fruitvale Station) seem ready to deliver a gritty, relatable film filled with heart and punching power for the audiences to enjoy.

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