Creed is a 2015 sports drama film directed by Ryan Coogler and starring Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone. It is such an overrated and clichéd movie.
It is the seventh installment in the franchise and it basically feels like that. We’ve seen this story countless times before and it was so boring and typical to watch. It was a chore to sit through. The plot is nothing new and although he lost in the end, that was still a rip-off of the original movie. It isn’t an homage because it basically repeats some scenes.
There were some positive things in here. The relationship between the two is fine and they have some heartwarming scenes together. However, the character of Adonis I found pretty boring and familiar and I never found him likable which was a big problem. The characters here are mostly uninspired and the development is weak.
The acting is fine. But I strongly disagree with the praise that Stallone’s performance received. He basically plays the same character he’s always played and although he did a good job, he is far from great. And his manner of speaking continues to irritate me. Michael B. Jordan is also rather forgettable in his role.
Ryan Coogler’s direction is weak. Creed is overlong with the running time being over two hours which is just too much for such a ridiculously clichéd screenplay. That is why I was bored from beginning to end and it was difficult to watch. The boxing scenes were boring and the whole third act is just frustrating to witness. The dialogue is okay, but should have been better. And the emotion I never felt to be honest. The whole film was forced which is expected for a seventh entry in a tired franchise. Creed is such a forgettable and standard picture that is definitely not bad, but is far from good either, not to mention far from great. That is why I found its critical praise baffling as the film is a giant cliché. And the screenplay does hint at some more interesting and smart points, but those are all underdeveloped and not explored properly and the film ended up being awfully boring and simple-minded.