Creed ★★★★½

As far as boxing movies go, John G. Avildsen’s 1979 classic Rocky is a cornerstone due mainly to its attention to the life of its characters outside of the ring, as well as the irresistable underdog story. Creed follows in the footsteps, and in some cases improves upon, the blueprint set by its predecessor. Director Ryan Coogler utilizes a tride and true formula, changing and freshening up when necessary, while making sure not to stray too far off the beaten path. His direction of the boxing matches themselves are astounding. Boxing has never been put to film in a way as exhilariting as it is here. The acting is almost equally as impressive. Mainly, the two core performances from Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone stand out. Jordan shows why he’s one of the fastest rising stars of this generation, with a performance equal parts swagger and raw emotion. Stallone, however, steals the show with a knockout turn, exhibiting the best acting I’ve ever seen from him. The writing and score are also resonant, and what this mix leaves us with is an amazing sports film, and a promising look into the future of the Rocky franchise.


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