Rocky is back!

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Creed Direc­tor: Ryan Coogler Fea­tur­ing: Sylvester Stal­lone, Michael B Jor­dan If you’re a fan of this cult fran­chise, you’ll be jump­ing for joy.

Be­fore the screen­ing of Creed, I was con­vinced that this would be just an­other box­ing movie where the main guy gets the girl and what­ever cham­pi­onship ti­tle he’s fight­ing for. How­ever, Ryan Coogler, the film’s di­rec­tor, has a dif­fer­ent take on things.

Rocky Bal­boa is back and is still the leg­endary Ital­ian Stal­lion. Sylvester Stal­lone reprises his most fa­mous role, but the Rocky we all fell in love with has aged. This sim­ple man still owns Adrian’s, the restau­rant he named af­ter his love in­ter­est in the first movies, but for the most part he seems to want to keep to him­self.

All this changes when he meets Ado­nis John­son, played by Michael B Jor­dan, who is the son of Rocky’s once archri­val, Apollo Creed. Bal­boa agrees to be­come John­son’s men­tor, and the movie un­folds as he guides the young­ster along the path to be­com­ing a pro­fes­sional boxer.

Plac­ing fo­cus on the young Creed al­lows Jor­dan to breathe his youth­ful tal­ents into the film. He suc­cess­fully car­ries the weight of be­ing the main fo­cal point.

It’s def­i­nitely worth a watch.

– Phum­lani Sithebe Langa

NEW BLOOD Michael B Jor­dan (left) and Sylvester Stal­lone in Creed

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