Release Date : Nov 27,2015
Creed (aka) Creed (Rocky Saga) review

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Production: Charles Winkler, David Winkler, Irwin Winkler, Kevin King-Templeton, Robert Chartoff, Sylvester Stallone, William Chartoff
Cast: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson
Direction: Ryan Coogler
Screenplay: Aaron Covington, Ryan Coogler
Story: Ryan Coogler
Music: Ludwig Göransson
Background score: Ludwig Göransson
Cinematography: Maryse Alberti

If you’re a Rocky fan, have you ever thought about a Rocky saga without Sylvester Stallone fighting in it? Finally that day has arrived. Yes, we have a Rocky film that will not have any of Stallone’s robust punches. Jeez, he is 69 and you still want him to fight? Nevertheless, he still gets to be in the action but not in the ring; here he does what Mickey Goldmill (Burgess Meredith) did to him 40 years back - Coach (Trainer).

Stallone still has a pretty huge part to play, he brings in that spark to this film and if not for him, this film wouldn’t be fulfilling. He proves yet again that he is a special actor, this time with even more emotions and his timely one-liners.

That’s enough  said about Rocky; now let’s shift focus a little towards the MAN, Creed. It’s a huge burden that is vested upon this young charmer (Adonis Creed) Michael B. Jordan. His initial scenes look like as if he carried a dull, dim-witted face but then he just absorbs your attention as things pick up. It is not easy to give a standalone performance when you have a veteran like Stallone by your side. He definitely shows that attitude and character to take this saga forward even in the absence of Stallone.

The same old fist pumping moments that you will find after a suspenseful fight, the coming of age superstar thing, the antagonist receiving zillion blows and the point where you expect him to give right one back onto his face- no matter  how many times you watch these dramatic moments, it still gives that adrenaline rush in you.

How different is Creed compared to the previous editions? Well, the film does bequeath you a trip down the memory lane to some of the classic old Rocky films but it also carries an underlining charm on its own.

Some of the visual shots are brilliant. It is so nice to see how far the series has come along with the technology. The fights look more real and surreal, the camera angles and movements make you feel it is more intense.

Ludwig Göransson’s music is another major attraction, it travels hand in hand to the film’s progression. Though it is thoroughly an encroaching score, the limelight is however grabbed  by the masterful ‘Gonna Fly Now’ theme composed by Bill Conti back in the 1977. The track just pops out of nowhere and steals the show. Though it features just for about 10 seconds, the placement of the score is perfect.

Verdict: Creed knocks you out!
( 3.5 / 5.0 )