Published March 29, 2019


Film info

  • Title Creed
  • Director Ryan Coogler
  • Year 2015
  • Run time 2hrs 13m
  • Genre Drama
  • Tagline Your legacy is more than a name

Adonis Johnson never knew his famous feather, world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed, who died before he was born. Still, there’s no denying that boxing is in his blood; so Adonis heads to Philadelphia, the site of Apollo Creed’s legendary match with a tough upstart named Rocky Balboa. Once in the City of Brotherly Love, Adonis tracks Rocky down and asks him to be his trainer. Despite his insistence that he is out of the fight game for good, Rocky sees in Adonis the strength and determination he had known in Apollo – the fierce rival who became his closest friend. Agreeing to take him on, Rocky trains the young fighter, even as the former champ is battling an opponent more deadly than any he faced in the ring. With Rocky in his corner, it isn’t long before Adonis gets his own shot at the title. But can he develop not only the drive but also the heart of a true fighter in time to get into the ring?

Live blog

Time Comment
1:47 The punching in this is gonna be so much worse than before innit.
2:45 I’m liking the boxing origin story. We didn’t get that with Rocky.
5:16 “What was his name?”
9:30 Genuine YouTube, not a dodgy movie fake name.
12:35 “I don’t need no warm up.” He’ll regret it laterz.
16:41 The statue, the restaurant, I mean…
17:55 “How do you know all this?” Easy, he saw the film Sylv. We all did.
21:41 That’s ‘No Pain”s son? Amazing!
23:00 TESSA!
27:32 Old-ass gangster.
29:42 I mean, you would just take the piece of paper though, wouldn’t you? Take the picture later.
29:59 I bet he pays for the top tier iCloud subscription tho.
29:59 “What cloud?” I LOVE Rocky.
35:57 The chair is still there!!
39:52 Chicken training. Standard.
47:08 “Paulie was my best friend, even though he wasn’t so friendly.”
56:22 Saved by the bell is a boxing phrase too??
1:01:41 They’re watching BOND!
1:10:32 “Without the name, there’s no fight.” RAGE.
1:12:10 Her hair is mega.
1:16:55 It makes me a bit weepy how adorable Rocky is.
1:29:08 “They want him to start chemo but he’s too macho to do that.” The complete actual opposite of that, Creed, pay attention.
1:32:16 “If I fight, you fight.” And I’m out. It’s too cute.
1:39:00 Argh, I hate the press conferences. AWKS.
1:55:37 Still got silly round dollies then.
1:59:01 Loving that there’s more health and safety. They’re tricking it, obvs, but still.. progress.
2:03:47 The music!


The most important thing about this film is that they didn’t ruin the Rocky legacy. It’s insane that there is a such a huge gap between the stories, that we’re introducing a whole new generation of fighters but it still worked perfectly. The nostalgia level was huge but they also managed to keep the story moving forward.

The new characters fit the world well, and although I liked Tessa and Michael separately and together, I sort of didn’t get the feeling that he was as special as Rocky. I don’t feel like he could sustain the film on his own, without Sylvester’s presence.

But, you know what, I was totally invested in all of it and that’s all that matters. The boxing was more graphic, obviously, but I was expecting that so hid behind cushions for much of the actual fighting.

Rating: 5 / 5

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