Sunday, July 5, 2015

First trailer for 'Creed' promises an exciting, gritty boxing drama

2015 is the year of nostalgia for classic movies. Jurassic World has blazed a new path for the esteemed Jurassic Park franchise with billions of dollars at the box office, Terminator: Genisys tried to bring that iconic franchise back to life again, and Star Wars: Episode VII- The Force Awakens will rely heavily on the nostalgia factor to bring in a lot of fans for a new installment in the farthest reaches of the galaxy. All of those films (with possibly the exception of Genisys) have one idea in common- bring in old, familiar faces, but set a new path for the future with new stars. Creed, the latest film from director Ryan Coogler, is playing with that idea as well. Creed is not another Rocky movie, but Rocky is in the film. Instead, this film will focus on the adventures of Adonis Creed, the son of Apollo Creed, who Rocky famously fought in the ring. Rocky Balboa is serving as a mentor figure for Adonis and that should prove to be an interesting dynamic. The first trailer for the film hit last week. Check it out below:


I was very impressed with this trailer and I like how it seems to bring this franchise back to its gritty roots. Despite the fact that a ton of sequels drove the Rocky franchise into the ground, people often forget that the original Rocky won the Oscar for Best Picture back in 1976. With acclaimed director Ryan Coogler and rising star Michael B. Jordan, Creed has the potential to actually be an Oscar player later this year. I also like the fact that Sylvester Stallone is returning to his role for a good reason- it makes sense that Adonis would seek out Rocky for training. Stallone doesn't seem to be phoning it in and that is a great thing. I'm not going to say that this is an Oscar contender just yet because of the stiff competition, but there's definitely the potential for a fantastic film here. Creed stars Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Graham McTavish, Phylicia Rashad and Hans Marrero and will hit theaters on November 25, 2015. It's one that I'm very excited for. 

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