I have always been a fan of the Rocky films so when I heard that the great Sylvester Stallone was starring in a new addition to the boxing franchise, I couldn't wait to watch it.
The film is a great sequel to the Rocky Balboa and Apollo Creed story, beginning with the story of one boy's journey of fighting his whole life, only to discover that his dad was Apollo Creed and wanting to follow in his father's footsteps.
When Adonis Johnson (Creed's son, played by Michael B. Jordan) sets his mind on becoming a boxer and leaving many valuable things behind, he looks up to Rocky for guidance and coaching, and earns boxing experience by challenging a few fighters with good reputations.
I was please to see that the film is not overly violent or bloody at all, as the director Ryan Coogler has done a brilliant job in portraying the fighting scenes.
As Adonis starts winning fights and making a reputation for himself, he decides to change his last name from Johnson to Creed, bringing him a lot more attention. This later helps him on his journey to Liverpool where he is to fight his rival Ricky Conlan, played by local boxer Tony Bellew.
The film is not all about boxing and fighting; there are also some very sad and emotional scenes, and the message I took away was about looking after your body and keeping fit, but also to understand the dangers of fighting.
Overall I would recommend this film to boxing and Rocky fans. It is well directed and the cast are brilliant actors. I hope Stallone wins an Oscar for his supporting role, as it's just magnificent a five star film.
“...the gloves are off.”