To imagine the seventh installment of an oscar winning film to give you the nerves of it's first is quite a rare feat that Creed manages to attain. If the excitement to see Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa was not enough, Creed gives you every reason to rejoice your favorite franchise even with it's old-school cliched- text book ways.
Donnie (Michael Jordan), the son of heavyweight champion Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) realizes that boxing is the only way of his life and decides to pursue his passion despite his mother's resistance. Especially, because his father too had died in a a boxing ring (in the earlier installments). He heads out in search of his father's friend, Rocky Balboa to get him to train him. After much persuading, Rocky agrees.
And... you're back to the mad action, gritty training scenes and action sequences that keep you hooked to the seat. If you've watched Rocky or followed too many sports films, you obviously know the ending with the hero emerging triumphant in a big fight. But this one still gives you joy for the journey that you have come along.
Director Ryan Coogler does a great job at recreating the impact of the series and an impeccable job at directing Michael Jordan. Scenes between Creed and Rocky are the awesome sauce stuff, but Rocky's charm is still inevitable.
There are moments when the film falls sappily, and there are some where it seems to get on par with the original. But it is a good seventh installment and you'll still feel the rush especially through the wrecking fight sequences.