As someone who is very new to the world of Rocky and Creed, it was imperative that I catch the latest film, Creed III. The film continues to follow the champion, Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) as he’s on top of the world with his many wins in the heavyweight boxing world and is now enjoying the retired life with Bianca (Tessa Thompson) and their daughter Amara (Mila Davis-Kent) But when Damian (Jonathan Majors), an old friend from childhood shows up and is dead set on becoming champion, Adonis’ entire world is flipped upside down.
While Michael B. Jordan has a certain electric energy on screen, it’s clear that this film, which is Jordan’s directorial debut, gives us all hope for his future behind the camera. While the previous two films focused on Adonis as he is in the present and who he aims to be, Creed III provides an astounding story of the past that he must face in order to move forward. With the introduction of Damian, there is an eerie chemistry between the two, filled with love but also jealousy and spite. It’s no surprise that Jordan has cited shonen anime like Naruto and Dragon Ball Z as inspiration for parts of the film.
The movie also leans on a much darker tone with higher stakes than its predecessors, allowing for a worthwhile finishing strike in the finale. There are several visual parallels that are used consistently between Adonis and Damien, whether it’s through lighting or the way characters are positioned, pushing the divided world between the two. The choreography of each fight whether in the ring, in the mind, or just out in public is so well crafted that it feels like you are there, jabbing and dodging alongside them.
But we cannot ignore the unforgettable performances of Tessa Thompson as Bianca and Mila Davis-Kent as Amara, both of whom provide stability and grounding to Adonis as well as hope and love. I think what I love the most is the treatment of Amara’s deafness where even though it’s a visible disability, it is one that they’ve adapted to and normalized. She’s a child but she’s capable, and I am beyond excited to see what the future may hold for her character.
If you haven’t checked out the Creed series, I highly recommend doing so as soon as possible. It’s a series I never thought I would be interested in but now that I have seen Creed III, I’m excited to go back in time and watch the Rocky series as well. These stories aren’t just about boxing, and whether our heroes win or lose. It’s about facing yourself, confronting your own insecurities and fears, and conquering who you are, who you will be, and especially who you used to be. Creed III is an excellent and solid addition to the Rocky and Creed legacy, and I can’t wait to see the future of the franchise flourish.
Creed III receives 4.5 out of 5 Samosas.
Creed III is now playing in theaters.
Runtime: 1h 57m