80's Action movie legend Sylvester Stallone and Friday Night Light's star Michael B. Jordan are coming together to bring you Creed! The spinoff of the famous Rocky franchise which starred of course 80's action movie legend Sylvester Stallone as the underdog turned champion Rocky Balboa. The film follows Adonis Creed (the son of the late World Heavyweight Champion Apollo Creed) who heads to Philadelphia in an to track down his fathers one time rival and closest friend Rocky Balboa, in an attempt to convince him to train to be a train him in his fathers footsteps and become a boxer. Rocky is at first hesitant but see's the same strength and determination in Adonis as he has seen in Apollo and agrees to train him.
Personally, I'm pumped for this film! I'm a long time fan of the Rocky franchise as I'm sure you are to and while I am a wee bit skeptical of the film as I saw Rocky Balboa as the definitive end to the series, I am truly excited to see what this film does and how they pull it off. Carl Weathers Apollo Creed was one of the best things about the original films, his arrogance, charisma, and strength are what made him and the films all the more appealing. He was truly a worthy adversary to Rocky. Surrounding a film around his son and his legacy seems like a great idea on paper, but to pull it off on film it's gonna take some serious work. While I'm sure the film will be good here are five things I think the film should include to make it a smashing success.
In the words of James Rolfe, Rocky and Survivor go together like bread and butter, why can't the same be said for Creed? Creed is turning out to be this generations Rocky, sort of like a passing the torch. But just because it's for this generation doesn't mean it should go all out and modernize the Rocky Legacy. I think this generation needs to be reminded, reminded that good music isn't all about the bass's dropping and big butts, it's about heart and soul, not money and greed and Survivor was very much heart. Eye of the Tiger & Burning Heart are two of the most inspirational and motivational songs ever to reach our ears and it's a shame that this generation is too busy with their heads up Nicki Minaj's fat ass to sit down and listen to some real music. Now I'm not saying all modern music is trash, though like 90% of it is, but whatever happened to soul of music, literally it's all about sex, money and drugs nowadays, all presented in either Rap or Pop. Why not a song about the fight within? And I'm not talking about some sappy break up song (Looking at you Taylor!). How about some more motivational, pump up songs, Like Eye of the Tiger. Some Survivor songs are in order for this film, not only to strike a nostalgic cord with the people who grew up with Rocky and Survivor, but to remind this generation what good music truly is! And I swear, Adonis Creed better not be train to Katy Perry's Roar! There's only One Eye Of The Tiger!!!
Okay, this might be difficult considering three of the five characters above are dead but that doesn't mean they can't make an appearance. Rocky IV, V, and Balboa made use of flashbacks and memories, mostly of Rocky's late trainer Mickey Goldmill (Burgess Meredith), but now considering half of Rocky' supporting cast is dead, flashbacks and or dreams could be made of good use. Mickey died of a heart attack, Apollo of getting the shit beaten out of him by Russian Tank Ivan Drago, and the anti climatic death of Rocky's wife Adrian who dies of cancer in between the events of Rocky V and Rocky Balboa. Rocky's brother in law Paulie's fate is unknown at this time though it can be assumed he too has passed as Burt Young is not a member of the Creed cast, which is a shame because Burt Young's performance as Paulie was always a treat to watch. Now since their all dead, the possibility of their return through flashbacks is quite possible, though mostly through stock footage. Keep in mind though, Rocky's still got a few pals about. Apollo Creed's trainer Tony ''Duke'' Evers could still be alive, little Marie, Rocky's son Robert of course, and why not some of Rocky's rivals, Clubber Lang, Ivan Drago, Tommy Gunn, and even Mason Dixon. Even though these characters wouldn't play a huge part in the film, closure for said characters would be nice, whatever happened to them? Explain! But keep in mind this isn't Rocky 7, this is Creed! This is Adonis Creed's movie, not Rocky's, so their appearance is doubtful, still, some closure would be nice. As of now it seems one character is due for their closure, which brings me to my next point.
Emotion has often played a big part in the Rocky films, Rocky's doubt of himself in Rocky 1, The birth of Rocky's son in Rocky II, The death of Mickey in Rocky III, The death of Apollo in Rocky IV, the father son relationship of Rocky V, and the entirety of Rocky Balboa! Emotions can rage from happiness to sadness, anger to love, and these movies are nothing short of emotional. There is undoubtedly going to be some serious emotion in Creed, not only for the characters but for the audiences themselves! Potential Spoiler ahead, if you wish to not hear it then skip to the next point, don't even look at this one! I warned you!
Rocky has Cancer. Yeah, you heard me. Much rumored and seemingly confirmed is that Rocky Balboa has cancer. Like I said, emotions will be present, from both the characters and the audience. This film marks the end of a legacy, end of an era, the end of Rocky (Unless he somehow makes a recovery). Tears will be shed! But much like a Phoenix's fiery death, what was once dead will rise from the ashes and be born anew. That's what this movie is, the end of Rocky and the rise of Creed! But at last, closure!
A STRONG STORY
No doubt the most important part of any film is the story. While yes character development, acting, music, and tone are mandatory in movies, the story comes first, no matter how bad or how good because if you don't have a story, you have no movie (Though Michael Bay has proven me other wrong). Rocky was the story of an underdog going up against all odds in the form of world Heavyweight champion Apollo Creed, while having to deal with the everyday problems in life and the doubt he had in himself. Rocky II-V, while good (with the exception of V) were your typical 80's movie sequels, stories were present but none where as stand out as the originals plot (Well... Maybe Rocky IV), the only other film in the franchise that offered a really well done, fluent story was Rocky Balboa, the films story was that of A has-been making a comeback, going against the world and proving to it that he's no joke. Rocky Balboa was a very well made, well though out, well written film that stands out as the purest Rocky sequel, Rocky II-V while good failed to capture the purity and heart of the first film, the essence of what made Rocky so great! Yes their good fun entertaining films but those films never won a best picture award, such as Rocky. While Rocky Balboa didn't win any awards, it received a higher critical score than the other films in the franchise and stood out as being the most humane of the sequels. What Creed needs is a good story, how they go about it is unknown to me, just do a good job. I will say while done before the idea of a son following in his fathers footsteps is the next logical step for the Rocky franchise. Can't continue on with Rocky forever or else it'll turn into a Nursing Home Rumble, Rocky's son is to much of a muss to take on boxing, so the son of Apollo Creed is the best thing they could ask for. I'm sure the film's story will be fine, same can be said for the acting, Michael B. Jordan's gonna kill it I'm sure and of course if all else fails at least we have Sly.
If your making a film about the Son of Apollo Creed then you've got to have Apollo Creed make an appearance someway and somehow. Carl Weather's arrogant, charismatic, and memorable portrayal of World Heavyweight Champion Apollo Creed was defiantly a highlight of the first 4 films, having him return in his respectful role would make Creed all the better. The Chemistry that he and Stallone had was amazing. From Duking it out in the ring, to racing down the beach, Rocky and Creed were one of a kind, the major bromance between the two was and still remains unmatched. The chemistry and dialogue between the two was gold, and I would love to see some of that chemistry move on to Adonis Creed, but how could it be done? Well the obvious would be to have Adonis get the shit beaten out of him in the ring and then in a vision his father comes to him and gives him words of wisdom. That'd be the obvious root, though a little cheesy. The other would be to have Michael B. Jordan become Apollo Creed, or at least this generations Apollo. Yes he'll still be Adonis Creed but his personality, characteristics, and attitude should reflect that of his late father, so much that he becomes Apollo Creed in a younger body. I still think an updated appearance from Carl Weathers would be a treat, but any way possible would be nice. Maybe if they had Adonis dress up in his father's Uncle Sam costume and enter the ring while James Brown's Living in America plays over the roaring crowds then he could literally become the modern day representation of Apollo Creed!
So those where my Five things I believe should be included in the Creed Movie. You can expect the movie to come out November 25th, 2015! I'll be there opening night! See you there!