I don’t know anything about boxing — I guess that’s probably why I never saw the Rocky movies. It’s disappointing because I’ve missed out on some great cinematic moments, like Rocky’s training montage to ‘Eye of the Tiger’, or the movie where Rocky defeats communism by punching it in the face real hard. So I decided, with the rock theme of this issue, this was a good time to start, and like any sane person, I decided to start at the end. Creed is the latest movie in the Rocky franchise, and only knowing the basics of the Rocky story I was worried I would be lost. This didn’t matter, however, as the film focuses on an entirely new character, Apollo Creed’s illegitimate child Adonis (played by Michael B. Jordan). Adonis is a young man sick of his boring life who wants to follow in his famous father’s footsteps and make a name for himself in the world of boxing, and who better to help him than the Italian Stallion himself, Rocky. This relationship is the main feature of the movie and it’s easily my favourite part — I can see why Stallone has been nominated for an Academy Award twice for playing this character. The heart of the movie is seeing both characters struggle and pull each other through their respective fights — it’s incredibly motivating, plus the fight scenes are so incredibly well shot that I actually felt like I was in the fights myself. If the other Rocky movies are anything like this then I think the franchise just got a new fan.

5 out of 5 stars

Words by Zach Mullane