Rocky roars back, so be­lieve in ‘Creed’

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODMOVIES -

When Rocky gives Ado­nis a writ­ten list of train­ing rou­tines, Ado­nis snaps a shot on his iPhone and waves away the pa­per, say­ing it’s safely on “the cloud.” Rocky stares sky­ward: “The cloud?” Stallone plays it just right; like much here, it could be hokey, but it’s not.

Of course, be­ing a Rocky movie, it all comes down to a cli­mac­tic fight. The op­po­nent is a tough Bri­tish cham­pion, “Pretty” Ricky Con­lan ( real- life An­thony Bellew).

But the Bri­tish camp poses a con­di­tion: Ado­nis needs to use the Creed name. It’s Ado­nis’ new mu­si­cian girl­friend (an ap­peal­ing Tessa Thomp­son) who con­vinces Don­nie, as she calls him, that he can. “Take the name,” she says. “It’s yours.”

There’s still the mat­ter of get­ting in shape. As Ado­nis and Rocky be­gin train­ing, an un­ex­pected chal-

cham­pion lenge comes in the form of a se­ri­ous health scare for the older man.

But back to that fight: If the fi­nale in a Rocky movie isn’t gang­busters, you’re sunk, and Coogler (who co-wrote the screen­play) saves his best moves for last, stag­ing a fight (ku­dos also to cin­e­matog­ra­pher Maryse Al­berti) that should have you on the edge of your seat – even though you know, al­ready, that there’s no way Ado­nis is go­ing to go gen­tly into that good night.

Jor­dan de­served a good movie af­ter the ter­ri­ble Fan­tas­tic Four, and he gets one here.

Stallone gives a mov­ing turn as a fad­ing leg­end with one last big fight in him. ( Or will there be more?) To­gether with Coogler, you could say this trio knocks it outta the ring. – ANA-AP

● Creed is out in cine­mas on Fri­day.

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