So far this year I think this will most likely be my favorite movie, besides for my all time favorite Warriors. Creed is an amazing movie that is full of inspiration and life lessons for any person, not only a boxer, can/should learn. For instance, one major theme that I came to terms with is the fact that you don't grow to beat others you should strive to surpass yourself and grow internally. Donnie learned that when he was in the last match of the movie, Rocky told him that Conlan wasn't his opponent; he was his own greatest opponent. Another theme that came up throughout the movie was that although the past might not have gone as you planned, you have to embrace who you are and use it to your benefit. Yes, Adonis had a goal set to not let others know he was Apollo Creed's son, but Bianca let him know he was brought to earth from Apollo, and he has a skill just a great as his father's, so he has to learn to embrace it. Before the last match Adonis learns that lesson but also combines it with the fact that he knows he has to remember his roots. We as viewers realize he has learned that when he puts on his fathers old boxing shorts with his name "Creed"on them but on the back it says "Johnson." Lastly, the largest lesson was devotion. Adonis learned that hiding his goals from the world wasn't the way to go, so he quit his job and moved to Philly to learn from the best, Rocky. From that point on his was devoted to the game and devoted to his goals of success in the field of boxing.
The movie itself was very well put together and the tone matched the message great. While he was in California all the colors were bright and calm to represent the success he was feeling in his career. Once he got to Philly, the color palette got dark and serious due to the fact that he was very focused and in tune with himself. The movie had a lot of culture. The boxing gyms that Rocky brought Adonis to gave a a sense of culture from the past Rocky movies. Also, when Adonis was running though the streets with ATV's and dirt bikes chasing him that gave a hint of Philadelphia street culture, since riding on the streets and doing tricks is a big part of Philly. Lastly, in the final fight there was a nice montage of flashbacks that Adonis had to enhance his anger and importantly used to wake up and pick himself off the mat before being counted out, to beat Conlan. That quick flash of pictures/scenes helped show the viewers how his brain was functioning as Rocky was yelling to him and as he was on the ground during the fight.
All and all, Creed, in my eyes and possibly to my other peers is more than just a boxing movie; it is more than just that. I recommend it for anybody to watch, it will make you feel emotion across the charts like you wanna fight someone, wanna experience life, and even the feeling of family, etc.