I've seen all of the classic Rocky movies (I-IV) at least 10 times each growing up. I just saw Creed this past Saturday and couldn't wait to get out of the theater. His character lacked grit, passion, charisma, or something else I can't quite place my finger on. I also wasn't buying him training himself by fighting in juvi, fighting in Mexico, then barely having any formidable training and doing so well in two big fights. There were some cool nods to the old movies but overall this film felt very flat to me. I actually fell asleep in the theater at one point.
I don't want to draw to many parallels from the original Rocky since these are different movies after all, but this is why it just didn't feel right to me.
Rocky had nothing. No education (he was a moron), no job (was a petty thug who broke thumbs making collections), no family (Mick was the closest he had; I don’t think Mick even liked him for a long time). He was really a nobody, but, he wasn't ok with being the neighborhood bum and you could see where the only thing he was really good at and gave him some sort of release was boxing. So when he got the chance to fight Apollo, he knew he was probably going to lose, but he just wanted to go the distance to prove to himself that maybe he wasn't just a bum after all. Rocky was a dirt poor, street, scumbag. If it wasn’t for the fact that he was dumb as rocks he probably wouldn’t have been a likeable character. But even though he was dumb he had good intentions and was really a nice, charismatic guy that all the local neighbors seemed to know and take a liking to.
Now Creed… Started off with nothing in group homes getting in fights all the time…(ok. we get it, we get it). But then, Creed’s wife takes him in as her own, he lives in a big *** house w/ a loving mother his whole life (even if she was a step mom she still loved him), he gets educated, gets a great job in finance, nice car. Quits his job, decides to live in a crappy apartment, shows up in all new gear and kicks every day looking for a real Philly trainer. Why? For what? Because he wanted to box? Ok. Well if it didn’t work out for him, he could go right back to the cushy life he had before. No wonder no one wanted to train him with his pseudo struggles. To make things worse, Rocky starts training him only after a brief conversation and Rocky was wayyy too nice to him. I mean Rocky is just a nice guy so that was in character, but, Mick used to give Rocky hell! Johnson was trying so hard to make his own name then ended up taking the Creed name back just so he could skip all of the hard work he was about to put in, that all the other boxers have to put in, so he could be on a big stage in a high profile fight. I do not believe that with his background and a little training from Rocky he had the skills to go against who he did. Just wasn't believable and he just didn’t seem genuine to me and his acting wasn’t great IMO. Seemed like an angry kid who forced struggle upon himself so he could feel better about himself. I can see the one redeeming aspect where, yes, boxing was the only thing he could do ON HIS OWN to prove to HIMSELF he was something. But this is only because he got everything else in life on a silver spoon after he made it out the foster homes.
The girl, was mad cute and I liked how they gave her the character flaw of going deaf eventually. But even she couldn't hold a candle to the character Adrian was. And the whole dynamic between Adrian, Rocky, and Pauly. It felt real. Not like some self-induced struggle story.
Just my opinion though.
Edited by Hennessy - 11/30/15 at 10:46am