‘Creed’ describes a story of twists and turns

(J.T. Kim | Concordiensis)

“Creed” recently left theaters, but it has left a resonating message and high praise from many, including Rotten Tomatos, which gave the film a 94 percent.

The film is an extension of the six-film “Rocky” series, written by both Ryan Coogler and Aaron Covington.

Coogler was just announced to be the director of a Marvel film that will come to theaters in 2018, after his amazing success with “Creed.”

The New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn Mayer film stars Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, Anthony Bellew, Graham McTavish, Wood Harris, Andre Ward, Gabriel Rosado, Ritchie Coster and Jacob “Stitch” Duran.

Directed by Ryan Coogler, who collaborated with the lead actor in his previous film, “Fruitvale Station,” the movie has a story line that sucked in the audience, allowing them to take part in Adonis Johnson’s life.

“Creed” is about Adonis “Donnie” Johnson Creed, portrayed by Michael B. Johnson, the son of the famous heavy weight champion boxer Apollo Creed. Donnie, however, never got the chance to meet his father, and is the product of Creed’s extramarital affair.

The movie begins with Adonis as a boy in jail in Los Angeles who keeps fighting with other boys.

Mary Anne Creed, portrayed in the film by Phylicia Rashad, takes him home. Anne is Apollo Creed’s widow, and allows Donnie to grow up in a wealthy home.

Flash forward to a scene of Donnie working a good job, and boxing on the side because it is his passion. He then quits his job to box full time to become a professional.

He hides his father’s identity from everyone at the gym so that he can make a name for himself.

Donnie receives training from Rocky Balboa, played by Sylvester Stallone, who fought Apollo Creed in the ring multiple times.

The story line continues in a predictable manner, as the world discovers he is related to Apollo Creed, and as a consequence, the esteemed fighter ”Pretty” Ricky Conlan, played by Tony Bellew, challenges Donnie to a fight.

Donnie, of course, takes on this challenge, and the movie treats us to a plethora of inspiring lessons from Rocky during his training.

However, a twist occurs and Balboa is diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of blood cancer.

Balboa considers refusing treatment, but Donnie is able to convince his trainer to go through with the appropriate treatment.

Eventually, the day of the big fight that Adonis has been preparing for arrives and he honors his family and origins, displaying both his last names, Creed and Johnson, on his boxing shorts.

Overall, Creed is an inspiring and uplifting movie. Audiences and fans of the classic “Rocky” saga believe that the film was a great way to continue the series, keeping the viewer hooked the whole time.

Coogler indeed gave us an amazing tale that will hopefully bring about a new series, with Adonis Johnson as the new star.


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