October 25, 2013

What I Want to See in “Rocky” Spin-Off “Creed”

As we all know, Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station) is in talks with MGM to star in the Rocky spin-off Creed. The movie is also set to be directed by Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler, so it looks like Coogler and Jordan have built quite the rapport.

The movie will center on the Grandson of Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) as he pursues his career in the boxing ring, despite protestations from his family. The most interesting piece of news however, was the inclusion of Mr. Rocky Balboa himself who will apparently be playing Creed’s mentor.

I’ve heard a lot of people say that they should just leave it alone because Rocky Balboa completed the saga so well. I’m inclined to agree because it really was the perfect finale… but then, if there is another chance to see Balboa on the big screen once more, then I’d be 100% down to watch it.

There are certain things that I would want to see in the movie in order for it to be awesome and these are as follows:

Training Montages: I think we can all agree that the training scenes in all of the Rocky movies are the best parts of the movies; when “Gonna Fly Now” comes on, who doesn’t want to just go to the gym and work out for a few hours? It’s the most exciting and inspiring tune of the series and its inclusion is essential for any training scenes.

Make him an underdog: The reason we all love the character of Rocky so much is the fact that he’s the underdog; he’s not that bright but the one thing he is good at is boxing. Like Stallone himself, everyone underestimates Rocky and yet he nearly always comes out on top, purely out of sheer determination. I like the idea in Creed that his family doesn’t approve of him boxing due to how brutal his grandfather Apollo died. It’s kind of a different angle and I think it’s a good way to move forward.

Make it Inspiring: The Rocky movies are feelgood movies with plenty of heart and that’s what I would like to see in Creed. Too many movies today focus on negativity and self-loathing so it’s time to get away from that and give people some hope again. I want Creed to be a likable character who I will root for no matter what. The possible inclusion of Creed overcoming race issues would bring some fresh drama to the movie and also add tension.

Have him win at the end: I always feel it’s a bit of a cop-out whenever you’re sitting watching the long boxing scenes and then at the end of it all, it turns out to be a draw or the hero gets beaten. “Oh, you tried well and you showed you had a lot of heart.” Bullshit, I wanna see Creed beat the hell out of his opponent at the end so he proves all of the doubters wrong.

So that’s all I can come up with for now, but I remain quietly optimistic about Creed and will be there if and when it gets released.

Thanks to Gerardo Moreno for the use of his image.

About the Author

Eoin Friel
Eoin Friel

I grew up watching JCVD, Sly and Arnold destroy bad guys, blow things up and spew one-liners like it’s a fashion statement. Action is everything I go to the movies for and the reason I came up with this site is to share my love for the genre with everyone.



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