ByJanna Dk MacDonald-Walsh, writer at
Both known and forgotten horror films of the 20th Century
Janna Dk MacDonald-Walsh

Literally, we are picking up 40 years later after the original Rocky and we are introduced to the third and illegitimate child of Apollo Creed. After being sent to various foster homes, and juvenile hall, things are not looking good for Adonis "Donnie" Johnston until he is taken in by Mary Ann (Phylicia Rashad), Apollo's wife. Raised as another child by Mary Ann, Donnie (Michael B. Jordan) is given a wonderful home, a good education, and gets a great job, but the blood from his father urges him to get in the ring and be a fighter. After hearing the stories of his father and his best friend, Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) Donnie decides to go track down Rocky to train him. Rocky, meanwhile, is right where we left him nine years ago but is dealing with a new loss of his brother in law, Paulie (Burt Young). At first Rocky is hesitant about training Donnie, but eventually agrees. Donnie also meets a young woman named Bianca (Tessa Thompson), who encourages Donnie to follow his dream. After winning one fight, Donnie is thrown into the spotlight as Creed's son, and is challenged for the heavyweight title. Rocky, having been given the million to one shot once himself, says he will stand by Donnie regardless of his decision. I must say I was truly impressed with this new edition to the Rocky series, we are not shown a son of Creeds that is spoiled or self entitled, but one that is filled with determination and compassion to those less fortunate. I loved how they portrayed Mary Ann's character as a loving character, and not one filled with bitterness over her husbands infidelity. It is made clear to the audience that the love Mary Ann had for her husband overrides and possible animosity towards Donnie, as she chooses to love him because he is her late husbands son. Rashad take over the role as Mary Ann, and comes in as a very strong presence, even though she isn't on screen very much. Stallone plays Rocky better than ever! We see Rocky no longer as a young healthy fighter, now we see him as wise older man, who has loved and lost so much. I love that his loyalty to his beloved Adrian (Talia Shire) has not wavered, even 13 years after her death. The new loss of Paulie has made Rocky start to question his mortality, and his worth to others in their lives. Jordan gives a strong performance as Donnie, he truly earns the title of Creed, previously held by Carl Weathers. Awesome film, with a fresh new story and new material to continue in the universe of Rocky.


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