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In “Creed,” You’ll Feel Every Punch, Trial And Tribulation

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“Rocky” fans will not be disappointed by “Creed,” the latest movie in the franchise when it hits theaters on November 25. This movie combines the classic fighting spirit of the original “Rocky” from 1976 and a new age urban twist.

The story takes place back in the roots of Philly, where Adonis Creed (played by Michael B. Jordan) seeks out Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) to be his trainer. Rocky takes up the challenge pushing Adonis to the limits with old and new techniques. “Creed” mirrors the struggle of Rocky rising up as an underdog to fight the world champion. But this time the champ and Creed’s opponent is “Pretty” Ricky Conlan (played by real life British boxer Tony Bellew).

And what does every good underdog need by his side? An Adrian, but this time out her name is Bianca (played by the lovely Tessa Thompson), a rising Philadelphia musician. Recalling the original “Rocky” film’s courtship between the fighter and the pet shop clerk, Bianca is playing hard to get. Unlike Adrian, she’s anything but shy and eventually feels herself connecting with Adonis. Writer-Director Ryan Coogler allows the audience to develop a bond with the couple throughout and he gives their relationship depth.

Coogler also does an amazing job pulling the audience in the ring. You’ll feel like you’re in the heart of the story feeling every punch, trial and tribulation between Adonis, Bianca and Creed’s opponents. There’s not a single moment in this movie where you not on the edge of your seat. “Creed” takes the boxing franchise to a whole new level, as Rocky himself advises in the film: “One step and one punch at a time.”

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