For those of you who may be put off by “yet another Rocky film” I urge you to think again. While it is true, the diminishing returns of each sequel hit an all-time low with Rocky V, a more introspective outing in Rocky Balboa breathed life into the franchise. And Creed continues its worthwhile treatise on the world of the pugilist.
Michael B Jordan is a young actor of rare talent and it is fitting that he reunites with his Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler to change tack somewhat with this continuation of the story of Philadelphia’s favourite fictional son. But be under no illusion; this is not a film about Rocky Balboa. It is no surprise to see Mr Jordan give another outstanding performance and carry this legacy atop his broad, light-heavyweight shoulders. For those who doubted Sylvester Stallone’s acting abilities, his Golden Globe triumph for this film is proof positive of the talent he possesses.
Imbuing this production with a smattering of real talent from the world of boxing lends a sense of gravity to the whole affair. That Britain’s own Tony Bellew is our protagonist’s central opponent should not concern you; he is almost as good an actor as he is a boxer and he’s a very good boxer! Add to that Andre Ward, Gabriel Rosado and legendary cut-man Jacob “Stitch” Duran and here we have a movie that delivers plenty of punch.
If you’re wondering what my One Word Reviews are for the Rocky films, well here you go:
Rocky – Original
Rocky II – Worthy
Rocky III – Brutal
Rocky IV – Jingoistic
Rocky V – Travesty
Rocky Balboa – Thoughtful
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