Flash Movie Review: Creed

I gained new friends after I finished reading the book. Once the novel was back safely on its shelf the characters remained alive for me; I found myself thinking about them from time to time. As days turned into weeks I found myself wondering what a certain character would be doing now if the story had not ended. Do you ever find yourself doing the same thing? From a book or movie, maybe even someone you used to know? I have known several people who spend time online looking up individuals they used to have contact with in the past. Some may have been business contact, friends or romantic ones; they just wanted to know what happened to them. The same curiousity can be applied to the cast in a movie. There have been times where I enjoyed a film so much I wanted to experience the same characters in another story, hence the reason for sequels. Like any movie there have been excellent and poor sequels made by the film studios. I do not know if you feel the same way; but when I watch a sequel of a movie I praised highly, if the sequel is not good I feel cheated. It makes me not receptive to anything else the studio tries; I just want to preserve the good feelings I still have with the original one. In regards to this movie today, I thought Rocky was an excellent picture. Once the franchise was over I never gave it any thought; in fact, I did not know I even wanted to know something more until I saw this total surprise of a film.    GROWING up without knowing his famous father Adonis Johnson, played by Micael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station, Fantastic Four), never wanted anyone to know he was the boxing champion’s son; instead, he wanted to make a name for himself. With his athletic abilities Adonis felt the only person who could help him hone his skills was the former boxing champion Rocky Balboa, played by Sylvester Stallone (The Expendables franchise, Escape Plan). This dramatic sport film was simply a stunner for me. I never imagined a story would be created that moved the Rocky franchise from years ago to current times. The writers did an incredible job of tying the past to the present and I was amazed at how good Sylvester was playing a much older Rocky. With Phylicia Rashad (Good Deeds, Just Wright) as Mary Anne Creed and Tessa Thompson (Selma, Dear White People) as Bianca, everyone in the cast did their part to create an honest and real film that totally kept my interest. Even with the tough bloody scenes, I remained focused into this beautifully told story. Some of you may be surprised with this review and I want to tell you no one is more surprised than me. I want to know what will happen next to Adonis Johnson. Several  scenes had blood and violence in them.


3 1/3 stars





About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on December 1, 2015, in Drama, Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. I haven’t watch that movie yet. But it sounded very interesting.
    I know what you mean if some characters are still alive in your mind and that happened to me a few weeks ago after I watched the horror film on ‘Goodbye Mommy’ and the end of the film is kind of mind boggling. Make you wonder if that is what exactly you see and trying to believe? Or was it just the illusion. I was struggling trying to make my own end of which was real or not. Tough!


    • I hope you get to see this film; I do not think you will be disappointed. Thank you for your comments and I’m glad to hear you do the same thing about wondering what the characters will do.

  2. Surprise – I watched Creed this week before your review – usually I’m after your take on the movie. I couldn’t agree with you more – I didn’t know I could care about another Rocky film, but this one was excellent. I’ve loved Michael B. Jordan since The Wire, and I thought he was very good in Creed. But Sylvester Stallone was Best Supporting Actor material in the film. I loved him in it. Managed to get through the blood in this one but not looking forward to Adonis Creed sequel unless he becomes a golfer.

    • Sheila you beat me to a film?!?! Glad to hear and especially for such a great film. And who knows what Adonis will do down the road into retirement. A happy and healthy holiday to you and yours.

  3. I have been stunned at the positive reviews. I had dismissed this entire idea. Now I’m really interested in seeing this Friday.

  4. What I like about your review is that, even for those who haven’t seen the movie, you pose questions that cause all of us to consider who we are as consumers. That’s the mark of a good reviewer to me; they don’t just rehash what the product they’re reviewing did. Instead, they add something new to the world with their review. Well-written and well done.

    • It is so kind of you to take the time to leave your comments; I am deeply appreciative. It is a pleasure to meet you and I am glad you understand I writer about my feelings from the movie. Thank you.

  5. Wow, I am stunned by this too! But I remember I did like the original Rocky movie a lot, but not the other sequels as much.

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