By now, you’ve likely seen, read, or heard enough good things about Creed to either have watched it yourself or have written it off as a good movie that just doesn’t interest you. Nevertheless, I’d be remiss if I didn’t take my opportunity this weekend to say it to you myself: go see Creed. What writer/director Ryan Coogler accomplishes with this film isn’t just a worthy installment in a popular franchise. It’s more than that. Considerably more, actually. This is a legitimately great movie that not only honors the Rocky franchise, but confidently and skillfully takes it in a new direction.
There’s much that can and should be said for Coogler’s palpable talent as a filmmaker and as a storyteller. His constantly moving camera in the fight scenes is a thing of beauty as it weaves the audience in and around the action with fluidity. The script he penned with Aaron Covington nails every aspect of what makes Rocky great and gives us a new underdog to root for in Michael B. Jordan‘s Adonis character. They deserve more than the single sentence I can offer them, but Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, and Tessa Thompson‘s performances are on par with Coogler’s excellent work as well. I’ll admit to being skeptical when the project was initially announced, but Creed proved me wrong in all the best ways. It’s one of the year’s best. Go see it.
All gushing aside, let’s get to this week’s Top 5: