Thursday, March 2, 2023

Creed III Movie Review

Michael B. Jordan & Jonathan Majors (r) star in Creed III


Rotten Tomatoes Plot: After dominating the boxing world, Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) has been thriving in both his career and family life. When a childhood friend and former boxing prodigy, Damian (Jonathan Majors), resurfaces after serving a long sentence in prison, he is eager to prove that he deserves his shot in the ring. The face-off between former friends is more than just a fight. To settle the score, Adonis must put his future on the line to battle Damian - a fighter who has nothing to lose.

Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson, Jonathan Majors, Wood Harris, Florian Munteanu, and Phylicia Rashad.

What's Good: Like Sylvester Stallone before him, Jordan handles retirement in an entertaining (albeit more glamorous) fashion. The latter simply oozes charisma, allowing a familiar formula to play out with resounding success. Almost as charismatic (and equally impressive) is Majors as Creed's older brother from another mother. I can easily envision a sequel...

What's Not: There's an elephant in the room, and his name is Rocky Balboa. Spoiler alert... He's not even in it. In fact, I'm pretty sure he's not even mentioned, but his spirit (and previous screenplays) are everywhere. Unfortunately, Creed III takes the underdog story to new heights lows, allowing a guy to fight for the Heavyweight title in his professional debut. Dream on.

Budget: $75 million

Runtime: 116 minutes (Feels less.)

Target Audience: Rocky fans. Jordan's too.

Bottom Line: The story (Ryan Coogler, Keenan Coogler and Zach Baylin) has more than a few holes in it, but Jordan's 2-way prowess as a director and movie star (hmm... there's that Stallone connection again) make it easy to overlook. Couple that with great chemistry (Majors, Tessa Thompson) and a cute kid (Mila Davis-Kent) and it's easy to predict a box office knockout this weekend. Why not "go for to it?"

Grade: B