Creed Movie Review
When you get knocked down, you get back up. Actor Michael B. Jordan knows a bit about that, having suffered through the release of Fantastic Four only to treat audiences to Creed, a Rocky spin-off that pays proper tribute to the franchise. It’s not quite a knock out--it doesn’t even last a full 12 rounds--but it makes it a solid 11.
And that’s enough to cue the Rocky music, which is all I really wanted or needed in life and for all eternity.
As a huge fan of the Rocky movies--well, except for Rocky V because you know why--I am certified to declare that Creed is a worthy sequel, even if it ranks somewhere near or at the bottom of the pack of the good Rocky movies. Creed hits upon all the critical Rocky points, balancing boxing excitement with some heartfelt drama. It’s not perfect, but it’s entertaining round for round.
Michael B. Jordan, reuniting with his Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler, delivers a solid performance, even if his character is only adequately developed. Coogler’s direction is fine, though he misses a few easy blows in the third act: the training montage, a cliché but essential aspect of any serious boxing movie, isn’t particularly convincing, and, more importantly, the final fight is merely okay.
Despite a few weaknesses, Creed is solidly entertaining from beginning to end. Furthermore, the film features a surprisingly great performance by Sylvestor Stallone, who has finally hung up his gloves but still has a few punches left. Could there be an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor in his future? It’s not out of the realm of possibility.
Creed isn’t a great movie, but it’s still a consistently entertaining boxing flick that goes the distance. Nearly.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.