CREED is due out this week and the word on the street is that the Rocky spin off is a brilliant addition to the long running franchise.
Reviews that are filtering in are praising Sly Stallone for a performance that is up there with the best of his much loved character and that the new star Michael B. Jordan is a much welcome addition to the saga.
One man who is spreading the word is the original Apollo Creed, better known as Carl Weathers who speaks highly of the young actor who plays his son.
It all started when Jordan released a tweet saying how he grew up loving Stallone and Weathers in the original Rocky, and Weathers himself replied…
“You did well for the CREED name! Congrats on [a] great job, my friend. May your success continue.” Weathers then added that the new film, “will entertain a lot of people. [Director Ryan] Coogler did a great job. Sly’s never been better. Go see it!”
Some brief snippets of reviews are as follows…..here is from Variety….
“With his “Rocky” spinoff, “Creed,” writer-director Ryan Coogler confirms every bit of promise he displayed in his 2013 debut, “Fruitvale Station,” offering a smart, kinetic, exhilaratingly well-crafted piece of mainstream film making, and providing actor Michael B. Jordan with yet another substantial stepping stone on his climb to stardom. Yet the biggest surprise may be Sylvester Stallone: Appearing in the first “Rocky” film that he didn’t also write — and the first in which he takes on a supporting role — the veteran channels all his obvious love for the character into his performance, digging deeper as an actor than he has in years.” Andrew Barker!
Edward Douglas from Screen Crush….
Sure, it’s nothing new, but [Ryan] Coogler is an incredibly skilled film-maker and storyteller who makes the most of it, using fast-paced hip-hop tracks to keep the energy of the film going while making it feel current… More than just an obvious corporate money grab, Creed is a darn fine boxing movie that’s able to create something new that stands alone, while at the same time paying tribute to the “Rocky” legacy in a way that fans of those movies should thoroughly enjoy.
Lets hope the early praise does the film justice when we at HCF get to review it in the coming weeks…