I hope I’ve given everyone enough time to check out the latest installment of the Rocky franchise, the first spinoff of probably many more known as “CREED”!
For those of you that don’t know, there are going to be a few spoilers here, so please proceed with caution….
Now yo boy actually enjoyed watching this movie. The opening scene kicked off like no other Rocky movie so from the start I knew they were trying to set themselves apart from the previous films.
CREED starts with Apollo’s young son engaging in a fist battle with the biggest kid in the Group Home sometimes referred to as juve, short for juvenile. I don’t know, I guess they were trying to make this film as authentic as possible by showing his rough childhood roots. So while in juve he gets into a fight, gets in trouble and in comes his knight in shining armor, none other than Apollo’s widow Mary Ann Creed (Phylicia Rashad) who plays this kids guardian throughout the rest of his childhood.
I’m still a bit confused with the timeline in this film where Micheal B. Jordan’s character(Adonis) was still living with his step momma deep into his 20’s, maybe even his 30’s. Especially when you think about how old Rocky was in this movie.
So the story is basically about a kid from LA who moved to the Bronx trying to create his own identity as a boxer under his birth Mother’s maiden of Johnson. The only issue, and this is a small issue, was that the kids name was Adonis, who grew up in Sunny California, in a mansion with a nice paying corporate job/career, in a relaxed non-threatening corporate atmosphere, trying to create his own path and become the next big thang. So he leaves this lifestyle behind to head out East in search of his true self, to seek guidance and understanding.
Now Adonis was undefeated at 15-0, but he had all of his boxing matches in Tijuana, Mexico which I guess is enough to go pro, atleast in Hollywood, they’ll make it work. He seeks out Rocky, finally convinces him to mentor and train him, realizes it’s best for him to accept the Creed name, and the rest is history. Rocky Balboa saves the day, again!
Was I the only one that noticed by bringing this idea to life that they just tarnished the good name of Apollo Creed by making him seem like a sleezball, by having a kid with an unknown woman that didn’t even stick around for Adonis’s childhood. They have his widow adopt her deceased husbands illegitimate son, which is a very nice gesture, but is it believable?
Meanwhile Rocky’s son is married with his family living overseas somewhere, or something like that. Balboa get’s to honor his deceased wife by naming his Philly Restaurant “Adrian’s” to get her legacy alive and in good standing.
Why is it that Rocky Balboa has the only statue in the movie, didn’t Apollo win the the third fight, well didn’t he? According to Balboa he did. Did he not deserve to have his own statue right next to Rocky? You mean to tell me Apollo teaches this man everything he knows, takes his game to a whole new level and he can’t get a statue to honor his name, his existence?
This brings me to another question, why did Apollo have to die the way in did in Rocky IV? Balboa traded punches with Drago for 15 brutal rounds and he survived, he even knocks the juiced up Russian on his ass to claim his victory. Apollo barely lasted a round and a half before he was pronounced dead, and Balboa comes up behind him and beats the breaks off Drago in his own country, Russia. I just don’t understand how Rocky was able to overcome such a challenge, but the great Apollo Creed didn’t stand a chance.
And why in the world did Balboa not “Throw the dayum towel in” remember that….when you have the mans wifey crying in the crowd screaming it, the other trainer is screaming it, and Balboa looks around like what’s the fuss all about. If he threw in the towel, we might be seeing the movie CREED with Apollo actually in the movie raising his son, teaching him how to fight, with his own restaurant. Again, I just don’t understand.
Don’t get me wrong I thought CREED was a good movie that I truly enjoyed watching. These were just a few questions that popped in my head during the movie. Sometimes I tend to wonder why, you know.
Let me know if you had similar questions, or if you enjoyed the movie or not. I would love to hear some thoughts and opinions.
From a scale of 1-10 I give this movie an 8! What number do you give CREED?
P.S. If you haven’t seen any of the Rocky films, I invite you to check them out here: (These are CLASSIC!) http://bit.ly/1jDvhXc