Legacy: Thoughts on “Creed” Trailer

This week, the first trailer for the new film Creed released on line.  The film stars Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone.

Jordan plays Adonis Johnson Creed, the son of Apollo Creed.  For those that may not remember, Apollo Creed was the opponent of Rocky Balboa in the first two Rocky films as well as trainer in Rocky III.  Apollo was killed in Rocky IV by Ivan Drago in an exhibition fight.  So Adonis doesn’t grow up with his father around.  This film is his story.  Here is the trailer and my thoughts will be on the other side

By the trailer alone, you wouldn’t necessarily know it is a spinoff of the Rocky films.  Yes, Sly Stallone is in it playing Rocky Balboa.  But he’s not the center of the picture, in fact he’s taking on the role more of Mick or even Apollo (the Rocky III version) as a mentor/father figure.  This is Adonis’ story.  It definitely has the feel of the first Rocky film.

It also has the feel of a story about a young man who is trying to find himself.  He has the legacy with the name Creed with his father being the heavyweight champ.  But he also has no connection to his father.  He never knew him.  He says in the trailer “Every punch I’ve thrown has been on my own.  No one ever showed me how to do this.”

While we barely see who Adonis’ opponent will be in the main event, we do know that he will fight not just that opponent but the weight of the name Creed.  Will he live up to the name Creed?  Will he carry on that legacy in the boxing ring?

I’m a fan of the Rocky series so when I heard about this film I was excited.  But after seeing the trailer, I’m excited just the see the film on its own.  There are a lot of good films that are coming out towards the end of the year and Creed is right up near the top of the list.

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