Five Reasons You’ll Love It - January 12, 2016

Creed - Five Reasons You’ll Love It
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Creed - Five Reasons You’ll Love It

Nine years after Rocky Balboa and 40 years since the original Rocky was unleashed, the iconic boxing series gets a reboot in the shape of Creed.

Starring a returning Sylvester Stallone and Fruitvale Station star Michael B. Jordan this time Rocky is behind the ropes, working as trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson, the son of his friend and great rival Apollo Creed.

The movie hits cinemas on January 15th and is available pre-order on DVD on the right-hand side of the page, but we caught an early screening and have rounded up five reasons you’ll love it…

 

Sylvester Stallone is on top form…

It’s taken six films but Rocky is finally hung up his gloves and he’s struggling with his lot in life. All after all the machismo and passion of his early work in this series, this is a really powerful performance, heavy with regret, loss and wounded pride. After all the bluster of the Expendables you’re reminded just how great Stallone can be in more nuanced roles...



Michael B. Jordan is a revelation…

As the angry, confused and enigmatic Adonis Creed Jordan delivers a brilliant performance and links up superbly with Stallone. Moving into centre stage in a Rocky movie is a daunting proposition, but Jordan pulls it off totally.

 

Ryan Coogler does a masterful job…

After making waves with the excellent Fruitvale Station, Coogler co-writes and directs Creed and does a superb job. The film is lean, powerful, respectful and full of energy and vigour as well as absolutely gripping. Coogler’s next job will be taking on Marvel’s Black Panther and trust us, they're lucky to get him...

 

The fights are brutal…

Although the fight scenes are spectacularly slick, they also pack a wallop. Seriously,  the punches feel so vicious that you’ll find yourself wincing throughout…

 

There are some awesome training montages…

The Rocky movies are packed with iconic moments, but the most memorable are always the heart swelling training montages and Creed has a series of brilliant ones.

 

Creed is released into cinemas on January 15th and will be released on DVD later this year.

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