Sylvester Stallone has found a worthy successor in Michael B Jordan.
There are many nostalgic moments that Rocky fans will appreciate, such as the training montages.
That said, Creed is not a Rocky sequel.
The Italian Stallion (Stallone) comes out of retirement to train rival-turned-best-friend Apollo Creed's illegitimate son, Adonis (Jordan), who has some anger and daddy issues from growing up in a juvenile home.
Much like a young Rocky, Adonis is given a rare chance to fight for a world title. And it is this underdog theme, corny as it may seem, that resonates.
Creed works because their relationship feels real and powerful. There are equal parts drama and action, and the right dose of humour, largely courtesy of Stallone.
While a little unsteady at first, Creed soars midway and the final act is a knockout.
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This article was first published on November 25, 2015.
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