I was surprised how good Creed (2015) actually was. Besides the first Rocky that got Stallone the Oscar nod when we were all a lot younger, I never really made it through more than a few minutes of the following (wow, really?) five sequels.
This last one though is a real jewel, more a re-imagining (of many iconic scenes and elements) than a sequel.
I didn’t go into it expecting much but this is, surprisingly, perhaps one of the best films I’ve seen in years. Most astonishing of all, although he has let us in on his talent here and there before, Stallone really shines in this one. In every scene. Hell, I used to make fun of him and his gravelly Rambo voice all the time but I guess I have to change my tune.
An incredible performance by Stallone down to the smallest detail. It really is Stallone’s attention to subtle detail that counts here, detail that forms what really isn’t all that popular nowadays in the age of flash – boom – bang superhero movies, Hollywood catastrophe/action porn and sequelitis.
One should really watch the first and this seventh one back to back to see how effortlessly the story is mirrored, modernized and brought into realistic focus. Forget the boxing aspect, just watch Stallone. I should really give a nod to all the other fine actors as well (especially Michael B. Jordan), but it really was Stallone’s subdued manner that elevated this movie to a whole new level for me personally.
I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t seen it myself.
Check it out if you haven’t already.
P.S.: The last two minutes are perfect.