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2015’s *Creed* is on HBO Max in the US and Prime in the UK
Creed III, extending the Rocky universe further, opened exclusively in cinemas on both sides of the Atlantic yesterday. I gave the press screening a miss, because where once I jumped at every opportunity to see a film I was offered, I have to marshal my resources at the moment, and sequels are lower priority for me than they might normally be. (Anyway, it’ll be streaming very soon!)
If you’re giving the multiplex a miss this weekend, too, you can have a similar experience at home with 2015’s Creed, which kicked off this new trilogy. From my review:
Creed finds a satisfying new chapter in Rocky’s tale — one that feels natural and organic, not forced by the dictates of movie franchises — by having him step out of the spotlight in favor of a hungry young fighter, Donnie Johnson, who comes to the still-famous ex-champ to beg him for training help. Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) lets himself be drawn in because Donnie is, in fact, Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan), son of his rival turned friend Apollo (his very first pro opponent, in the original Rocky film).
Writer (with newcomer Aaron Covington) and director Ryan Coogler’s followup to his moving first film, Fruitvale Station, is a smart, engaging, unsentimental portrait of male friendship and male emotion, bursting with true tenderness (Stallone and Jordan are very good) and unafraid to actually confront men’s ways of dealing with feelings — like anger! — they don’t know how to cope with instead of simply spraying testosterone across the screen, like how many movies accidentally deal with masculine emotional inarticulateness.
Creed II, from 2018, isn’t quite as good, but it’s all over streaming as well, if you wanna binge. (Links at my review.)
US: stream on HBO Max (via Prime); rent/buy on Prime and Apple TV
UK: stream on Prime; rent/buy on Prime and Apple TV
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