Creed

Creed

Blu-ray Disc - 2016
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Adonis Johnson never knew his famous father, world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed, who died before he was born. Still, there's no denying that boxing is in his blood, so Adonis heads to Philadelphia, the site of Apollo Creed's legendary match with a tough upstart named Rocky Balboa

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dennismmiller
Jul 02, 2018

Why make another Rocky sequel? Especially after Rocky Balboa gave the character a perfect send-off? Why make any movie - they had a story to tell, and thankfully it's a good one. As the title indicates, it isn't Rocky's story, and although he has a prominent role, he is never allowed to overshadow the actual protagonist, Adonis Creed, nee Johnson. This is Adonis' film from start to finish, but (unlike in some other franchises) the filmmakers seem to understand that their characters are complementary rather than competitors. While it has become cliche to attempt to deepen every goofy action movie by claiming that it is "about family" (these "families" are usually mere temporary agglomerations of adolescents), Creed really is about a family, a family wounded by sin and death. Indeed, it is remarkable the extent to which this film extends its understanding of family into the realm of the dead, with a number of characters (Apollo most notably, of course, but also Adrian, Paulie, and Adonis' unnamed mother) remaining present despite being gone. The result is an engaging, touching film that is the exact opposite of a cynical cash grab.

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LThomas_Library
May 17, 2018

The characters. The chemistry. The realism. Good movie.

VaughanPLAlyssia May 09, 2018

Our collective crush Michael B Jordan always brings it, as does Ryan Coogler. Since this is a Rocky movie there’s a bit of cheese involved, but it’s okay because it’s Rocky. The fight scenes are visceral. The music is on point. Tessa Thompson is everyone’s dream girl. Rocky has morphed into a kindly grandfather. There are just so many things to love about this movie.

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roystreet
Apr 03, 2018

I'm not a boxing fan, but this is as much about father-son relationships as it is about sport. Michael B Jordan is never less than magnetic, while Stallone reins in his tendency to overact enough to deserve his Oscar nomination. Supporting cast also excellent. Directed by Ryan Coogler, who also directed "Black Panther."

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Mar 22, 2018

Creed is a movie about legacy and more importantly, the legacy of Apollo Creed. Apollo Creed was famous and well known for his skills as a boxer. His legacy ended but, a new legacy is waiting to be made as Apollo’s son, Adonis has got an interest in boxing. Adonis has had a tough childhood without his father, and has gotten into many fights just to survive, he hopes to use that to fuel his passion for boxing. Adonis will gladly train anywhere and anyhow if it means he can improve his skills as a boxer. As one legacy has ended, another is being forged in the shape of Adonis Creed who may one day exceed even his father. Creed was a fantastic movie, I really enjoyed the fighting, music, and the story. Although, there is some strong language and some violence, I would definitely recommend this movie and rate it 4/5 stars.
- @Grimvar of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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lukasevansherman
Jul 11, 2017

As someone who is not much of a fan of the "Rocky" series (I know, heresy.), sports movies, or boxing, I was quiet surprised with how much I enjoyed "Creed." It's the 7th film in the long-running "Rocky" series, which seemed to be, pardon the pun, on the ropes. So I'll give credit to Sylvester Stallone, the guiding light of the series (Aside from starring, he has written, directed, and produced.), for taking it in a different direction. Michael B. Jordan stars as Adonis Creed, Apollo Creed's illegitimate son, who is trying to make it as a boxer without his father's name. Stallone agrees to train him. Tessa Thompson ("Dear White People") and Phylicia Rashad co-star. Jordan is great in the lead and Stallone is understated and actually very sweet as the aging Rocky. It did make me realize how few boxing movies have black protagonists, despite the fact that they dominate the sport. Written and directed by Ryan Coogler, whose previous film, "Fruitvale Station," also starred Jordan, who deserves to be a star.

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joecarson
Apr 22, 2017

They were really reaching to make the guy Apollo Creed's son, instead of his grandson, which was the original idea. But then, what the hell, more implausible things have happened in the Rocky universe. I mean, how many years did his son age in the couple of months or so that Rocky spent in Russia?

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avantmegan
Apr 05, 2017

I loved this

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maspochni591
Mar 28, 2017

This movie sucked! Despite the strong reviews from critics and the 95% rating in Rotten Tomatoes (The original has a 93%), the film was really unnecessary and was worse than both "Rocky IV" AND "Rocky V", and that means it was pretty bad. The cast was bland and Stallone was nominated "Best Supporting Actor" even though his performance was okay at best and that his performance in "Rocky Balboa" was more deserving. This was probably not even supposed to be part of the same franchise, but MGM probably made it a Rocky film just to make sure it made money. Please do not watch this garbage, like all of the other films in the franchise, "Creed" is a repeat of the same old story except this time, it lacks the cheesy, but entertaining moments of it's predecessor.

LPL_IlkaI Sep 13, 2016

I grew up in a household that were fans of the Rocky movie franchise, so I have a bit of a soft spot for those films. In recent years, the films have tapered off from Great to Time Better Spent Doing Other Things. Yet, this is not the case with Creed. Actor Michael B. Jordan breathes new life into an old franchise portraying the son of famed character, Apollo Creed. Not only is his performance amazing, so is that of Tessa Thompson. Even the return of Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa is pleasant. I highly recommend this film for any that have given up on the Rocky franchise!

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LThomas_Library
May 17, 2018

Are you going to find a problem with everything I say. - Adonis

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LThomas_Library
May 17, 2018

We're training to win not get killed. - Rocky

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LThomas_Library
May 17, 2018

It's getting harder to walk up this hill. What does that mean? - Rocky

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LThomas_Library
May 17, 2018

What cloud? What cloud? - Rocky

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LThomas_Library
May 17, 2018

Time beat him. Time, ya know, takes everybody out it's undefeated. - Rocky

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LThomas_Library
May 17, 2018

You are your fathers son and you are a part of him. But, it doesn't mean you have to be him. - Mary Anne

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britprincess1ajax
Jul 30, 2016

"Women weaken legs."

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jimg2000
Jun 15, 2016

From IMDb:

Rocky Balboa: Apollo? Yeah, he was great. Perfect fighter. Ain't nobody ever better.
Adonis Johnson: So how did you beat him?
Rocky Balboa: Time beat him. Time, you know, takes everybody out. It's undefeated.

Rocky Balboa: You can't learn anything when you're talking. That's a fact of life. As long as you're talking, you're not listening.

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May 17, 2018

Other: Topics: Cancer, Progressive hearing loss, Mental Health (Anger Management), Infidelity

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LThomas_Library
May 17, 2018

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Intense Scenes.

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LThomas_Library
May 17, 2018

Violence: Strong violence.

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LThomas_Library
May 17, 2018

Coarse Language: Strong language.

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May 17, 2018

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May 17, 2018

Adonis Johnson, son of legendary boxer Apollo Creed, has a penchant for fighting. Using each fight to prove self-worth inside and outside the ring. In deciding to establish his own legacy, Adonis reaches out to another legendary boxer, Rocky Balboa, to help him reach his potential.

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