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Creed Review

20 Nov

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Creed is a crowd pleaser that doesn’t really carve out its own identity, but a lot of that crowd-pleasing just plain works. Ryan Coogler’s dynamic filmmaking serves the boxing sequences well, particularly an early one-take scene that generates quite a bit of excitement and creates a wave of energy that the movie rides all the way until the end. We’ve seen it all before, but it’s done well for the most part.

Aside from annoying freeze frame boxer stats throughout, there is a lot to like here. For instance, Rocky training Adonis is the highlight of the film, and Stallone and Jordan find both the fun and the pathos in the dynamic (even if they’re being saddled with some cliched and unnecessary developments). Their relationship–and the movie in general–is about legacy, about how to make a name for yourself when the past has latched onto you through that very name. It’s about getting knocked down, then getting back up. It’s about mortality and acceptance. It’s a movie filled with conventional themes and intense glares and music you’d probably listen to while working out, and it’s all told in an extremely formulaic manner. Yet, it works.

GRADE: B

OTHER THOUGHTS:

-I had the good fortune of attending the red carpet premiere in Westwood last night; it was the first movie premiere I’d been to, so it was a fun experience. This was the first time that a crowd cheered and applauded throughout the entire movie, and it felt like being at an actual boxing match. They got really into it. Also, Arnold Schwarzenegger walked by me! We had a beautiful connection during those fleeting seconds.

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Photo credit: Creed, New Line Cinema, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

 

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9 Responses to “Creed Review”

  1. Jay November 22, 2015 at 4:24 pm #

    We’re seeing it tomorrow night. Not looking forward to it. Will let you know 😉

  2. Ricardo November 28, 2015 at 11:19 pm #

    So I have a question.
    Are you the same polar bears from the AVClub? Please tell me you are.

    • polarbears16 November 29, 2015 at 1:02 am #

      Yup! Do you comment there?

      • Ricardo November 29, 2015 at 8:35 pm #

        The gods truly smile upon me this night. It must be my fate to stumble upon a brother on a website such as this, far removed from the welcoming bosom of the AVC. Let other commenters behold such reunion, and seethe with jealousy.
        Yes, I comment there. Guess who I am?

      • polarbears16 December 1, 2015 at 12:03 pm #

        This sounds like Spartacus…shewasthesun?

      • Ricardo December 1, 2015 at 7:46 pm #

        Haha, yes. That is me.
        Nice to find you in here!

  3. peggyatthemovies January 3, 2016 at 11:00 pm #

    After missing so many screenings of this.. saw it today.. LOVED IT! I had saved your review just in case of spoilers.. so fun you got to go to the premiere.. was it your first one?? 😀 Still was an almost full theatre today with much clapping..I can only imagine how great the premiere was!! 😀 Happy 2016

    • polarbears16 January 6, 2016 at 3:40 pm #

      Yup, it was my first premiere! I’m glad your theater experience was great as well. Very energetic and enjoyable movie. 🙂

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