MGM and Warner want you to step back in the ring with a passing of the torch sequel to the Rocky franchise. Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan) is following in the footsteps of his late father the legendary Apollo Creed and will box his way to the top and be trained by no other then Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXvLrqs31To
It’s great to see a talent like Michael B Jordan actually be used to his full potential. The films he has chosen of a late haven’t really been what I would call classics. Director Ryan Coogler has worked with Jordan before on Fruitvale Station so it’s almost electric seeing the pair work again, this time on such a high profile film.
While this does look like a fun, well directed movie, part of me wished they they just left the Rocky part of the story alone. Rocky Balboa was a great end to the franchise, it wrapped up all the loose ends and finished Rocky’s career on high, Creed however could now be ending that career on a low and with cancer. Don’t get me wrong I get the whole spiritual, fighting for his life meaning behind it but it comes off as one of those low ball jokes made about a rocky film when he is 80. it’s just unnecessary.
Putting the Rocky story aside MGM has found the perfect way to continue a franchise with out needing to remake it. Other studios take note.
Here’s the official synopsis
Adonis Johnson (Jordan) never knew his famous father, world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed, who died before he was born. Still, there’s no denying that boxing is in his blood, so Adonis heads to Philadelphia, the site of Apollo Creed’s legendary match with a tough upstart named Rocky Balboa.
Once in the City of Brotherly Love, Adonis tracks Rocky (Stallone) down and asks him to be his trainer. Despite his insistence that he is out of the fight game for good, Rocky sees in Adonis the strength and determination he had known in Apollo—the fierce rival who became his closest friend. Agreeing to take him on, Rocky trains the young fighter, even as the former champ is battling an opponent more deadly than any he faced in the ring. With Rocky in his corner, it isn’t long before Adonis gets his own shot at the title… but can he develop not only the drive but also the heart of a true fighter, in time to get into the ring?