Thursday, July 02, 2015

Rocky Returns in First Trailer For Creed

Meant to post this one a few days ago, but hey, better late than never! With July already upon us, the movie marketing machine has moved from summer flicks to hyping the big productions for fall, and the one I'm probably more hyped about than any other is director Ryan Coogler's Creed. (I first discussed the picture here.) The Warner Bros. release is a spin-off of the Rocky series that celebrates that legacy while carrying the story forward. Michael B. Jordan stars as Adonis Johnson Creed, son the boxing champ who met his end in the ring in 1987's Rocky IV.

When he wants to learn to fight, he turns to his late father's best friend, two-time heavyweight champion Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone, back for his seventh bout). When I reviewed Rocky Balboa, the ostensible final Rocky flick, back in 2006, I said that Rocky had become a guest-star in his own story. While I meant that as an observation on the stage of life he's in during that film, little did I know it literally become the case nearly ten years later! Creed hits theaters in November, and as you can tell from the trailer, it has the potential to be a great one.

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