Review: CREED

Creed

Creed

Genre: Drama, Sport
Duration: 132 minutes
Language: English
India Release Date: 25-NOV-2015

Plot:
The former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson, the son of his late friend and former rival Apollo Creed.

Overall Review:
Creed, the latest installment in the “Rocky” saga, is a knockout. With “Creed,” writer-director Ryan Coogler revitalizes the “Rocky” legacy by effectively shifting away from the aging protagonist to a new hero. Creed isn’t a remake OR a reboot — it’s a continuation of a story that began in 1976, albeit one with a focus on a new character. Film establishes a newly realistic foundation for the “Rocky” storyline. The best dialogue by Stallone that gave the boost in the film: “BUILD YOUR OWN LEGACY” still echoes in my ear. Equally powerful and feel-good, Creed is an entertaining reminder that this franchise isn’t down for the count yet.

Performance & Technical Review:
As for Jordan, he’s outstanding. Jordan is charismatic and memorable, and makes Adonis a fully-realized character. He gives an impressive performance here, both emotionally and physically. Stallone’s return as Rocky Balboa marks the first genuinely interesting role he’s had in years, and in the wake of his franchise work with material like the Expendables movies, his character’s emotional and physical vulnerability is a moving surprise. Both Stallone and Jordan have marvelous chemistry, and the student teacher relationship is well drawn. Tessa Thompson’s on-screen chemistry with Jordan is undeniable, though she takes the love interest role of Bianca and infuses it with her own passion and motivation. The screenplay written by Coogler and Aaron Covington, is lean and smart.

PDF Verdict:
Creed is a smart well-Crafted masterpiece from Ryan Coogler which lives up to the best of its predecessors while forging its own path. Watch Adonis building his new legacy nationwide from 25th November 2015.

Ratings: 3.5 on 5
Performance: 4 on 5
Script: 3.5 on 5
Screenplay: 3.5 on 5
Music / Background Score: 4 on 5

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