I’m a little late to the dance, but I just watched Creed last night, here are my thoughts.
Overall I really liked it, but the hype in this thread made me think I was about to watch an Oscar level masterpiece, and for me it wasn’t that.
I thought that it was a very strong story and that it made perfect sense to do this story with the “Adonis Johnson/Creed” character. I’m sure some people would have rather seen the story done with Rocky’s son given that the character was in the original movies, but that wouldnt have worked IMO. The character of Rockey Jr. wasnt one that really seemed like he would become a fighter, and then when you factor in the death of Sage Stallone, it would have felt awkward. With Adonis It made perfect sense given the storyline from the earlier movies where Apollo Creed trained Rocky after Mickey died. Also, when you factor in that they were able to give the lead role to a POC and have it make perfect sense from a storyline perspective, it thought that was pretty cool.
The bad, it kind of followed all your typical tropes for the type of move it was. Guy has a childhood where he struggled, guy has untapped potential, guy meets girl, guy falls in love, has has conflict with someone close to him, guys resolves conflict, guy fights and gets the moral victory despite not getting the ultimate win. A part of me wish I never saw the original movies, as in that final fight with Conlan I never for a second thought Creed would win, I knew the entire time they were going to tell the same story from Rocky 1 with some type of slight twist. My other issue, was it was a bit hard to suspend my belief that a guy with 1 pro fight could almost beat the #1 ranked fighter in the world in a 12 round fight (ie. not a TKO aka Serra/St. Pierre situation). I also wish the relationship between Creed and Bianca had a bit more depth, I think they could have cut a bit of the training montages and ideally slotted a few deeper conversations between the two.
Either way, this is me nitpicking, I did really like it and look forward to watching Creed 2. I definitely liked it more then Rocky Balboa and Rocky 5, Rocky 4 was one of my favorite movies of all time so nothing touches that, and I just dont remember 1-3 well enough to compare.
Haven’t heard the review yet, look forward to listening!