I wanted to see this film on opening night but Thanksgiving wouldn’t let me be great. I carved out some time to see it this weekend and I’m glad I did. If you haven’t heard of it, Creed isn’t "the retail store" as a friend of mine asked (insert the blankest stare possible here), it’s a film that came out on Thanksgiving starring, Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone. It’s a revival of sorts for the Rocky franchise but it is NOT a Rocky movie.
Firstly, because of my love for it – the cinematography. The Cinematographer is a woman! (praise hands) Maryse Alberti did a phenomenal job! From lighting, angles, point of view, to the overall cinematic composition…all of it was wonderfully executed. I have a list of favorite shots from the movie as I am positive you will too, one of my faves was the scene where Adonis had just finished running with the bikers and they were circled around him. The panning was magnificent! I am also a fan of the following shots behind Adonis throughout the movie.
The Acting. I'm typically pretty anal about great acting - but that's because there just isn't much of it going around these days. Michael B. Jordan, in my opinion, was perfect for this role. He's a dedicated and thorough actor and I've admired his work for quite some time. There's nothing ever forced about his work and I was elated to see that he was able to carry the film. Not all can - but he did and did it well. His physical transformation was just...lovely (hey, I'm trying not to be a creep here, lol). I love beautifully sculpted bodies and this one was no exception. I'm interested to see how he grows as an artist bcause he definitely hasn't reached his full potential just yet. Tessa Thompson played his love interest, Bianca, a musician who was suffering from progressive hearing loss. The hearing loss was a nice touch to the story and was well-played by Tessa. I enjoyed the slightly awkward chemistry between them in the beginning of the film and felt myself grow with them throughout their highs and lows. It wasn't overdone and was more importantly, believable. I like her. Sylvester Stallone. This was by far one of my fave roles for him. Naturally Rocky is on the list, but again, this wasn't Rocky. Honestly...he stole the show. Sylvester portraying the retired Rocky Balboa was wonderful. His character was determined, laid back, smart and yet also very funny. From his cadence to his demeanor, he added the necessary layers of humor to the story which I thought were well-played. (Fave line: "Cloud? What cloud?")
I also love the fact that Ryan Coogler is keeping it in the fam, having relatives on the production team. (Yes, I stay to read all the credits)
I'm sure that some people still haven't seen the film yet so I won't include spoilers. I will say that I am definitely going to see it again. Creed inspired me to really figure out what kind of films I want to make and why do I want to make them. Not that I don't know but made me want to me even more specific. It confirmed why I want to continue to act - to create moments in beautifully made/told stories. I just want to continue to train and be great one day.
Until then, go forth, see Creed, and be great.