“Creed” is, as expected, a straightforward underdog story. Nothing really new. Our tragic hero, struggling to find himself, found — or seek, in this case — a mentor and going from zero to hero. So to speak. Our hero has to be likeable, which Michael B. Jordan as the titular character had little problem to be. And that is a good thing.
Part of “Rocky” franchise, and I consider myself to be a fan of this franchise, I had a reasonable expectation that “Creed” is going to at the very least, match my enjoyment with 2006’s “Rocky Balboa.” I could say that “Creed” did not disappoint.
Anyway, I had to look at what year “Rocky Balboa” was released and I can’t believe that it was almost ten years ago. Ten.
So I might be a little biased but “Creed” is formulaic. You could see how it is going to develop all the way to the end. Nothing really dramatic, everything is just safe. Sylvester Stallone reprise his role as Rocky Balboa and although this film is all about Creed, he gets his own demon to fight with in this film. However, his ‘fight’ takes a back seat really far behind that it seems just like a cursory glance.
There was also a token female, also thinly developed, all for the benefit of our titular hero.
Really one thing that stood out from this film is that amazing one-shot boxing scene at the middle. It was one of the best thing I’ve seen in the film this year.
All in all, it’s a safe film. Enjoyable, lovable characters, and in general, a feel good film.
As for the overall score, compared to other “Rocky” films in the franchise, I am pretty much agreed with what the masses had to say as shown in the image above. Comparable with the first “Rocky” film, although in respect to the legacy it has left behind, the first “Rocky” film had to come first.