Bill I’s Rating – 4 out of 5
Michael B. Jordan plays (no spoiler) Apollo Creed’s son, who is intent on following in his champion dad’s boxing gloves, and in fact seeks out who else to be his trainer and mentor, but Rocky, the one and only. Sly Stallone is perfect and actually great in reprising his character gone mellow and a little fatalistic. Young Creed serves to bring life back into the old man, while of course helping his nascent career rocket from nowhere to a championship fight. Does it matter if he wins? This film is appropriate for all ages, at least from 12 years old and up I think. Some of the plot is a little contrived (is there a supportive mother, a young beautiful love interest with some drama, a life or death moment? yeah, so what!). This franchise ain’t done yet!
Bill C’s Review – 3.5 out of 5
I’d like to see Jake Gyllenhaal from Southpaw and Michael B. Jordan fight in Creed 2 (I’m also curious to see if they can maintain their buff’ness for 2 movies). Creed edges out Southpaw as best fight movie of the year.
The fight scenes were terrific (although as in all fight movies if this were a real fight it would have been stopped by the second round). The film was pretty predictable (except they didn’t figure out a way for Rocky to yell ‘Yo, Adrian’) and the filmmaker was able to get you rooting for Creed the whole way. Michael B. Jordan was excellent . He and the director also made Fruitvale Station together (which is also worth checking out) . Stallone was also excellent. My only complaints were the predictability and how depressing it is watching Stallone get old since I started rooting for him while he was a young contender! If you like fight films check this out.