Review of "Creed (DVD)"

published 30/12/2016 | thedevilinme
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"Shamless reboot but good fun"

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Michael Jordan very good

Star – Sly Stallone & Michael B Jordan
Genre – Sports > Action
Run Time – 133 minutes
Certificate – PG 13
Country – USA
Oscars – 1 Nomination
Awards – Wins 54 & 45 Nominations
Amazon – £4 00DVD £8.00 Blue Ray
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So have we had our fill of boxing movies? The answer is a big fat yes for me. Rocky was the ultimate one way back in 1976 and Raging Bull the most cerebral to date – the later not something you associate with boxing. But the big action stars of the 1980s are ruthless in flogging the life out of their most famous franchises, seven Rocky movies to date with all manner of re-launches and rehashes going on. It reminds me of that scene in Back to the Future where Marty - in the future - is attacked by commercials for Rocky 38 in the juice bar in fictional Hildale in 1997. Back to the Future Director Robert Zemeckis was not far wrong with that one! It’s feasible that Creed has launched another quintology although the gross of $127 million may suggest the audience have indeed had enough. Recent films The Fighter and Southpaw didn’t really add much to the genre.
Rocky Movie Grosses

1 Rocky UA $473m
2 Rocky III UA $363m
3 Rocky IV UA $304m
4 Rocky II UA $292m
5 Creed LF $173.6m
6 Rocky Balboa MGM $90m
7 Rocky V UA $83m

Creed garnered some controversy when the films only Oscar nomination went to Shyster Stallone, only the sixth actor in The Academy’s history to get nominated twice for paying the same character in two separate movies, even though young handsome black actor Michael B. Jordan dominates the movie with a cracking performance. The kid definitely deserved the nomination ahead of Sly. Will Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett- Smith waded into the Creed debate saying her husband, as another black actor, was also overlooked for a nomination for his role as a Nigerian doctor in Concussion. She obviously hasn’t seen her husband’s movie. But black actors and entertainers have a lot of power in Hollywood and so expect a very colorful nominations list in 2017.

Cast

Michael B. Jordan ... Adonis Johnson
Sylvester Stallone ... Rocky Balboa
Tessa Thompson ... Bianca
Phylicia Rashad ... Mary Anne Creed
Andre Ward ... Danny 'Stuntman' Wheeler
Tony Bellew ... 'Pretty' Ricky Conlan
Ritchie Coster ... Pete Sporino
Jacob 'Stitch' Duran ... Stitch
Graham McTavish ... Tommy Holiday
Malik Bazille ... Amir
Ricardo 'Padman' McGill ... Padman
Gabe Rosado ... Leo 'The Lion' Sporino (as Gabriel Rosado)
Wood Harris ... Tony 'Little Duke' Burton

Plot


Adonis Johnson Creed (Michael B. Jordan) is the one-night-stand son of former heavyweight champion Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers). Dad was killed in the ring by Iva Drago (Dolp Lungdren) in 1985 (Rocky 111) and his son now lives a very comfortable life with Apollo Creeds widow Mary Anne (Phylicia Rashad) in the families huge gold encrusted mansion. Adonis has graduated and doing well in an office job in the city and set for promotion. But on the side and behind his stepmoms back he is sloping off to Mexico for some backroom fights under another name preparing to go pro. He can’t get his fathers legacy out of his mind and boxing is in his blood. He feels he has something to prove. He is not a mistake.

He quits his job and back in Los Angles he starts hanging around gyms looking for a trainer but no one wants to take him on. They know who he is and the baggage so he packs those bags and heads of to Philadelphia to try and get his dads big mate Rocky Balboa to train him. Balboa runs a local restaurant and long retired from training and has no idea who the kid is. But once the big reveal he begrudgingly agrees to train him – if just to protect him – and understands he has something to prove and that’s not going to go away until he proves it.

In the city he meets pretty singer Bianca (Tessa Thompson) who is also struggling for her art. Now that Phili knows who the kid is, Rocky trains him hard and the kid wins his first pro fight, beating Danny 'Stuntman' Wheeler (Andre Ward) in 4 rounds. That first official pro victory earns him a ranking point. When the divisions world champion ‘Pretty’ Ricky Conlan (Tony Bellew) has a meltdown in his title fight weigh in and receives a long ban and Adonis true identity is revealed to the world its a commercial fight the networks and Bellow camp cant ignore as the champions taunts Creed to a fight in Liverpool, England.


Results

Just as Rocky Balboa was a remake of Rocky 3 this is a remake of Rocky, but for a younger audience. Rocky has been re-launched, Jayzee style, and aiming at a more global ethnic audience. I can easily see the sequel having a Chinese fighter. That is the future of the big action movie now. For its $76 million it pulled that $135 million back so that sequel is not guaranteed.

It’s OK but nothing more. The boxing clichés come at you like jabs to the ribs and there is nothing new here. Michael B Jordan is fabulous in the lead as the college educated middle class black kid in the grubby world of boxing and Stallone avuncular and nostalgic but in no way worthy of an Oscar nomination.

With its ‘street’ soundtrack pumping out like those right crosses this is a movie aimed solely at rebooting the franchise to a younger audience. It has some pathos and heart but the only thing that grabs the older viewer like me is the nostalgic pang for those event movies of old that had you queuing down the street outside the ABC in the 1970s with your mum. Rocky was a very long one but I was only young at the time so had to wait for the Beta tape along time after.

It’s a long film but never feels that long although if you read the plot before hand you would groan. The mad looking Tony Bellow adds a contemporary twist to the film although not the bet at acting. With all his rants against David Haye it feels like he has become that Conlan character. But the fight scenes between the two are innovative and realistic and add to the movie. I’m guessing if you haven’t seen the Rocky movies and your are under 25 then this was a cracking cinema experience but if you are over 40 then there will only ever be one Rocky and who wouldn’t want to run up those steps and kiss the statue in tribute to Stallone’s brilliant movie.


RATINGS


Imdb.com –7.7 /10.0 (167,345votes)
Rottentomatos.com – 94% critic’s approval
Metacritic.com – 82% critic’s approval


Trailer

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3076658/videoplayer/vi3155604249?ref_=tt_ov_vi

Special Features


-Becoming Adonis-

A short behind the scenes film not worth seeing.

-Deleted Scenes-

Quite a few

-Premier-

In Phili of course and Q&A wit the two leads.

Critics

Empire Magazine –‘Following the failure of the underrated Rocky Balboa, the Rocky series was on the canvas, the count nearing ten. Creed not only gets it - and Sly Stallone - back on its feet, but completely reinvigorates it’.

Baltimore Times –‘It's a formula film, executed to near perfection. And it wields a secret weapon: our nostalgia for the original’.

BlackFilm.com –‘Stallone is not only giving his best performance to since Rocky, but Michael B. Jordan has fully established himself as a leading man to be reckoned with’.

RTE Ireland –‘ Creed is a special film that pound for pound competes with the best heartstring-pulling of Rocky Balboa's 40-year screen odyssey but, crucially, looks to what's ahead in a very exciting way’.

The NY Post –‘Creed is feels gritty and lived in, while also hitting technical highs like an astonishing single-take boxing match. It's funny and sweet and sad and scrappy. You never saw this one coming’.


Independent –‘If you can stomach the schmaltz and suspend your disbelief in the face of the film's pounding predictability, you'll find plenty to enjoy’.

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Sub Genre: Boxing

DVD Region: DVD

Classification: 12 years and over

Production Year: 2015

EAN: 5051892195591

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