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In full disclosure, I’ve only seen bits and pieces of the Rocky films coming into Creed. But that’s okay because this film takes on its own identity. Creed is undoubtedly a more gritty and intense film than any in the Rocky franchise. At its core, however, is the principle of family. The importance of having family around you whether that “family” is a friend, a significant other, what have you. For example, the film juxtaposed two people – Adonis and Rocky – who have experienced major loss in their respective lives. We learn that Apollo’s death in a boxing match against Rocky (as seen in Rocky IV) came before Adonis was born. Adonis wants nothing more than to follow in his late father’s footsteps. As for Rocky, he doesn’t have much family left and many of his friends have since passed away. He’s not involved with boxing anymore which, you can tell, takes a toll on him. The two are brought together through miraculous circumstances and find this ideal of “family” in each other. That was what I liked most about the film. My only knock was it did have some cheesy moments, like the ending for example. In an effort to not spoil it, the ending pays homage to the Rocky films of yesteryear and I was torn as to whether it was good or cheesy. Go see the film and you’ll see what I’m talking about. All in all, Creed was definitely enjoyable to watch. No doubt, a dark horse in the Golden Globes and Oscars races this season.