Ten years after Rocky Balboa, Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler brings the franchise back in the ring. Sylvester Stallone returns as our beloved protagonist Rocky Balboa. He has officially retired from boxing, his wife Adrian and still owns Adrian’s Restaurant. As he is about to close, he meets Adonis “Donnie” Johnson (Michael B. Jordan) looking at a photo of Rocky fighting against his former rival Apollo Creed. Learning that Donnie is following his father Apollo’s footsteps, he reluctantly agrees to train him prior to his fight against the light heavyweight champion of the world, Ricky Conlon (Tony Bellew) of Liverpool.
Even though I have only seen Rocky, Rocky II, and Rocky Balboa, these movies are more than just about boxing, they are about life. Coogler perfectly blends old-fashioned drama with great boxing scenes (the first one consists one 5-minute long take) and the fantastic chemistry between Jordan and Stallone. Creed ranks up with the first Rocky movie.