“Sylvester Stallone is phenomenal!” – Patrick King, REEL BRIEF
Exhilarating! Sylvester Stallone is phenomenal! The Champ answers the bell with his best on-screen performance since he ran the steps of Philadelphia 39 years ago in the original. Rocky Balboa is still standing–with his big heart, halting speech and tender memories. Stallone’s easy demeanor and solid advice carries “Creed”. Film’s best moments are seeing Rocky acknowledge Adrian, Paulie, Mickey, and of course Apollo. One step. One punch. One round at a time…
Rocky reluctantly trains the unpolished son of his former boxing friend and foe, Apollo Creed. Quick foot-work around Adonis Johnson Creed’s delinquent upbringing and love interest barely cause a sweat in this 7th “Rocky” film overall. The real match-up in “Creed” is between mentor and protégé. A wonderful soundtrack–perfect one-two combo of contemporary music and “Rocky” bells during training and pre-fights. With a deliberate and patient use of the “Rocky” theme for added emphasis. Hollywood’s hottest young director, Ryan Coogler, delivers once again.
“Creed” is rated PG-13 for violence, language, and some sensuality. Its running time is 2 hours and 12 minutes.
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