The Rocky franchise is probably my favorite movie franchise of all time. Apart from number 5, i love every single one of those movies in their own way. The first Rocky movie is easily in my top five movies of all time and is one that i can watch over and over again and never get tired of. So when i heard about this movie i got very sceptical. I felt that Rocky Balboa was the perfect ending to the franchise and never expected another sequel. At first i actually thought it was a joke. Rocky training the son of Apollo Creed in the next movie? Sounds like a bad parody or something. But then they announced the director and star, and i was all aboard. Both Ryan Coogler and star Michael B. Jordan impressed me endlessly with their 2013 movie Fruitvale Station so i knew this was in good hands now. I knew it wasn't just gonna be some cash grab riding on the Rocky name, but an actual good addition to the franchise. And thankfully i was right.
I really loved this movie. It definitely felt like a proper Rocky sequel done right in this day and age. It hit all the right beats with it's dramatic moments as well as it's triumphant moments. And just like almost every other Rocky movie, it just left me good feeling in the end. Because at it's core that is really what the Rocky movies are. Feel good movies. Sure, some might call them cheesy and over the top at times, but to me they are just what i need when i'm feeling down. And i can safely say this is gonna fit right along with the previous movies there. You can see that this was made by a fan of the Rocky movies. Ryan Coogler, who also wrote this as well as directed it, knew exactly what he was doing here. At times it might get a little too similar to the first Rocky movie, but it mostly manages to be it's own movie.
I don't even think you need to see the previous movies in the franchise to enjoy this. It's the perfect reboot when i think about it. It keeps the fans of the old movies happy while still managing to let new viewers in. It's like the complete opposite of that latest Terminator reboot that didn't make anyone happy. And i have to talk about the cast as well. Michael B. Jordan, who is definitely one of my favorite up-and-coming new actors, absolutely nailed his role here. He could have easily made the character too arrogant and unsinkable with him being a rich son of a previous champion, but he managed to still keep the character down to earth and relatable. That is why we loved Rocky Balboa in the previous movies. He was always down to earth and an average guy. And speaking of Rocky Balboa, i think it's time to talk about Sylvester Stallone now.
Man, what a performance. I honestly didn't think he still had this in him. He slipped right back into the character of Rocky as if he had never done anything else since 1976. I never saw Stallone on screen here, just Rocky. And this is probably the best performance he has given as Rocky, or anyone else, since the original. Stallone really can be a fantastic actor when given the right material and this was definitely it. There has already been a lot of Oscar talk for him after this and i can see why. He definitely deserves a nomination, and of the performances i have seen so far this year, to win as well. There is especially one monologue he has in the movie where i actually started to tear up a little. I love those Expendables movies for the dumb fun they are, but i think it's time for Stallone to focus more on some real acting again after this. He can definitely still do it.
And now that i have praised this movie into the sky, it's time to talk about a few things that i didn't like so much. Like i said, at times it just was a little too close to the first one. It is basically the same story of a fighter building his way up from nothing to eventually fighting a world champion before he actually is ready, but he wants to prove himself anyway. I know there aren't really a lot of stories you can do when it comes to boxing movies, but they could have maybe changed it up a little bit more. I also thought the love interest in the movie was a bit bland. She was just the typical love interest we get in these type of movies and i didn't really think there was anything all that memorable about her. I still remember Adrian from the first Rocky, but i have already forgotten the characters name here. I also miss Paulie. You can't make a Rocky movie without Paulie. That's inexcusable.
But overall this wasn't just a great Rocky movie, but a great movie overall and one i can't wait to watch again once it hits blu-ray. Now i'm just wondering if he are gonna get five more Creed sequels before they reboot it again with him training the son of Ricky Conlan in about 40 years. Shit, has it really been that long since the first Rocky? Time really does fly.