Ever wonder what would happen if the son of Rocky Balboa’s greatest opponent decided to become a boxer? I hadn’t before either, but now that I’ve seen the trailer for Creed, I’m hopeful that this will be the best Rocky movie in thirty years.
For as much as I had heard good things about Creed while it was in pre-production, I was plenty worried about the Rocky spin-off due to a variety of reasons. While Michael B. Jordan has a near-perfect track record of top-tier shows and movies, his co-starring role in a Zac Efron rom-com proved that not every script he touches turned to gold. Director Ryan Coogler had a great debut with the heart-breaking indie hit Fruitvale Station, but I worried that a big-budget franchise would be a perfect recipe for a sophmore jinx. Most importantly, the last two movies in the Rocky franchise have been pretty big disappointments, filled with poorly-developed antagonists, terrible twists, and a continued focus on Rocky’s son. Fortunately, the first trailer for Rocky-spinoff Creed has alleviated many of my doubts and has me hopeful that this will be the best Rocky movie since Rocky IV in 1985. Check out the trailer below.
Jordan seems to have scored a knockout with his role as Adonis Creed, mixing some of Carl Weathers’ cockiness with a bit of distrust and anguish that likely comes with never really knowing a father who was taken too soon. For as much as Sylvester Stallone has lowered the stock of his most famous character with his performances (and storyline changes) in Rocky V and Rocky Balboa, if Creed keeps the same tone as the trailer, things will work out. Rocky will be far from the focal point, but featured enough to harvest nostalgia and add context to Jordan’s performance. I’m still unsure whether I want to hear the traditional Rocky theme or “Eye of the Tiger,” but I can’t deny that sights like Creed running through the streets of Philadephia and Rocky using the speedbags alongside his enemy-turned-friend’s son brought back some of the excitement Rocky had during his first decade as a fictional fighter.
There’s still much more to know about this movie. Will widowers Clair Huxtable and Rocky Balboa hit it off? Will Rocky even mention his previous protege who couldn’t carry a movie? The answers to both of those questions are likely negative, but I’m positive I’ll be at the theaters this Thanksgiving when the Creed hits theaters… with his fists!