Call it a comeback.
The fact that we’re talking about a Rocky sequel during the awards season of 2016 is a huge accomplishment itself. This is one of the most exhausted franchises of all time, but somehow Creed has fashioned an underdog story that seems part new and part nostalgic.
The plot is simple. Adonis Johnson Creed (Michael B. Jordan), the son of former heavyweight champion Apollo Creed, hopes to become a legend in his own right. Enter Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) who reluctantly takes him under his wing.
Great fight sequences and a superb camera work are a one-two punch that keeps this story fresh.
From Jurassic World to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, 2015 was a very good year for reviving sequels. This one is superb.
Simply put: It’s a knockout.
Award potential: Jordan was fantastic but Sylvester Stallone reminds us why we fell in love with Rocky, the Academy Award Best Picture of 1976, and he is the frontrunner to win Best Supporting Actor.
The ten buck review: Worth ten bucks.