Creed ★★★★

A good pretext to have Stallone return to his most iconic role - an ageing Rocky trains Appollo Creed's son to become a world ranking boxer - in what is in essence a rehash of the Rocky I formula, but done with enough dramatic potency to repeat much of it's original effect. Michael B. Jordan is appealing as Creed Jr. while Stallone's performance is poignantly nuanced. The fights are exciting and visceral. Ludwig Goransson's score and original songs brings Bill Conti's melodies back to soaring life. If this happened to be the last Rocky movie (something that has been in wonder since episode 5) it would be ending on a high note, but if it returns for something on par with this, bring it on.

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