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John Pollock & Wai Ting review Creed (2015) as Adonis “Donnie” Johnson, illegitimate son of Apollo Creed, confronts his father’s legacy in and out of the ring under the tutelage of an ill and aging Rocky Balboa.
We discuss director Ryan Coogler’s fresh take on the franchise and his partnership with Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone’s Oscar-nominated performance as Rocky, Tessa Thompson’s performance as Bianca, the film’s continued use of real-life boxers as antagonists, its navigation of family legacy, where the film ranks among the Rocky franchise, and why Human Clay is Creed’s best album.
Plus, your feedback from the POST Wrestling Forum.
Synopsis from Google:
Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan) never knew his famous father, boxing champion Apollo Creed, who died before Adonis was born. However, boxing is in his blood, so he seeks out Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) and asks the retired champ to be his trainer. Rocky sees much of Apollo in Adonis, and agrees to mentor him, even as he battles an opponent deadlier than any in the ring. With Rocky’s help, Adonis soon gets a title shot, but whether he has the true heart of a fighter remains to be seen.
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