With the hype that the recent Mayweather V Pacquiao fight of the century built among boxing fans, it is only good judgment to release boxing movies somewhere around the same time. Sensing this, a fresh boxing movie by the name of Southpaw, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, hits the cinemas this month.
But this post isn’t about Southpaw. This post is about Creed, which is a spinoff of the Rocky franchise (an undisputed heavy weight champion of boxing movies) and is coming to theatres this November. Creed, an MGM/New Line film directed by Ryan Coogler, just a few hours ago released an uplifting and upbeat trailer which would even lift a dull man’s spirits.
Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan from The Wire), a rookie boxer from The City of Brotherly Love and son of late heavy weight champion Apollo Creed, is on his way to make a name for himself in the world of boxing and is the central figure of this movie. The youthful boxer is poised and hungry to do well but is also young and naïve. He has heard tales about his father’s fights and has inherited the same fighting spirit. An urge to make a name for himself lands him at Rocky Balbao’s (Sylvester Stallone) place.
Nobody’s coaxing the mighty Rocky Balbao out of retirement this time and nobody’s provoking him for a rematch. Instead he willingly hands over his gloves to Adonis, his late friend’s son, after he senses the eye of the tiger edge in him. Rocky himself assumes a more supporting role.
Tessa Tompson (Selma) plays Adonis’ love interest as Bianca, a local song writer. Among other supporting roles are professional British boxer Tony Bellew as “Pretty” Rick Conlan, Phylicia Rashad (The Coby’s) as Mary Ann Creed, Adonis’s mother and Graham Mactivish as Tommy Holiday.
For the fans of Rocky this would be quite an indulgence and it would be a double treat for those who would see the reunion of Coogler and Jordan who made a great team in Fruitvale Station and stole the Sundance 2013 show.