USA | 2015 | color | 133
minutes

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CREDITS

Directors Ryan Coogler

Notable cast Sylvester Stallone, Michael B. Jordan

Production company Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, New Line Cinema and Chartoff Winkler Production

Creed is a unique prospective on mentorship in the genre of sports films, because it’s a film about lineage. It pits Adonis as the son of the great boxer Apollo Creed who, because of his death, exists in Adonis’ life as a mentor only through footage of his previous fights. In the film, Adonis finds tutelage from his father’s rival Rocky Balboa who, once a student of boxing himself, now finds himself in the position of being a mentor. As their relationship develops, the film showcases how mutual respect, admiration, and understanding, can make a partnership out of the traditional mentor-student relationship.

Watch the Trailer Here:

Sources:

http://www.warnerbros.com/creed

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Commentary:

I saw Creed in theaters recently and I have to say, I was completely blown away by it.

The cinematography is glorious. It captures the characters in their most intimate moments, and renders Philadelphia as not just the setting of the film, but as a character itself. Watching the film, I was as invested in Adonis’ journey as I was in the growth of the community he found himself in.

Michael B. Jordan,  is spellbinding as Adonis. This is a film were even if you recognize the main actor, if you know their face and have seen their other films, you’ll find yourself wondering whose life it is your watching on screen. Adonis may be a character, but Michael B. Jordan makes him a person.

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I love this movie. I was moved, uplifted, and pumped up. It’s one of those films that leaves you hungry. It isn’t just the future of the character you’re excited for, it’s your
own goals, your own dreams, and ambitions that you want to chase after.

For me, this film is another reason why representation in media is so important, not
because Adonis looked like me (I wish I looked like Michael B. Jordan), but because the team that came together to produce such an amazing film, is as beautiful and black as the world depicted in it. If you want to box, it says, if you want to write, or direct, act or produce, then do it. You might have to take hits and undergo beatings, but if you’re willing to fight, there’s a place for you in the ring, and we’ll be here—coaching you along the way.

 

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Similar Films: 

So, I’m not going to reference any Rocky films here because…I’ve never seen a Rocky movie. I was inspired to after watching Creed, but then I got in the car and realized Adonis wouldn’t be in any of them. I pretty much lost my motivation to watch them after that. But hey, maybe one day.

Remember the Titans (2000)

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Remember the Titans is one of my favorite sports movie. No question about it. It stars Denzel Washington. Denzel, Washington. DENZEL, WASGHINGTON. Need I say anymore? He’s brilliant in this movie as Coach Herman Boone, brilliant and complicated, and raw.

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Based on a true story (that’s all I ever need to tell my mother to convince her to watch a movie. Hey, mom, want to watch American Hustle? It’s based on a true story. Mom, let’s watch the Hunger Games. It’s based on a true story…), the movie follows Boone as he attempts to integrate a segregated football team. Filled with laughs, sorrow, and emotion, there are ups, downs and every other direction as  the team navigates they’re way to a win..

*IMPORTANT NOTE. I just found out the Ryan Gosling was in this film. My life will forever be changed.

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Jerry Maguire (1996)

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Jerry Maguire is nobody’s mentor. He’s selfish and conceited, a sports agent who cares more about money than the players he represents. That is, until he has a life changing revelation the night after one of his players receives another near death concussion. Born again, McGuire leaves his job (though, not quite so voluntary) and begins his career as a free agent, with only one client under his belt. What precedes is a lot of laughs, and stress, and gut-wrenchingly emotional moments.

My sister always said that Tom Cruise is more of himself in Jerry Maguire than in
any of his other movies, and that’s probably the reason why I love this move. Jerry is DRIVEN. He’s a bit manic, slightly crazy, and entirely loveable. His passion exudes off the screen and because of it, you want him to win, even when he shouldn’t.

Cuba Gooding Junior SHINES in this movie. Like, where is my Rod Tidwell movie? Why hasn’t that happened yet? In an era of prequels and sequels, why hasn’t anyone in Hollywood drafted this script?

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With probably the most romantic scene ever made in a movie–in a sports movie none
the less–the best supporting characters to ever grace cinema’s screens, (Cuba Gooding Jr., Renee Zellweger, need I say more?), and an amazing script, Jerry Maguire is an impression of what a perfect film might look like, if there ever was such a thing.

 

Populaire (2012)

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While not a sports movie, per say (I don’t know about you, but typing is a pretty exerting sport to me), Popularie is as intense as one. This intensity isn’t in long montages of characters sweating, or marching, or yelling, though there are plenty a typing-montages in the film. Instead, the passion the film renders is between its two main characters, Rose and Louis. Popularie is a romantic comedy, but the slow burn of the relationship sits up there with the most gripping of romance films.

Rose and Louis have so much fire in them, so much passion, and as they butt heads, the audience falls in love with them—before the two get the chance to fall for each other.

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Populaire is fun. It’s whimsical, and curious, with a flavor of weird that leaves you wanting more. A period drama set in 1958, when competitive type-writing was at its peak, Populaire weaves a seemingly random plotline with a cast of funny, and interesting characters, brought to life by Romain Duris, and Deborah Francois. If you liked Coco Channel (how can anyone just like Coco Channel), and loved Amelia (adore is more the word), then Populaire will fill that gaping hole in your heart before it leaves you craving more.

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Bend it Like Beckham (2002)

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Bend it Like Beckham is pure, unadulterated, sickly sweet fun at its best. Sure there are some messages in there, about friendship, tolerance, culture, and identity, but at its heart, Bend it Like Beckham is about joy. It’s about being unapologetic about the people and things you love. It’s about taking pride in who you are, where you come from, and what you want to be.

The film follows Jess Bhama (Parminder Nagra), as she pursues a career in a semi-pro
soccer team (football for those of you who live in…well, basically everywhere else in the world). What starts as just fun, slowly develops into an obsession and then, a passion. Eventually, Jess finds herself having to hide her new ambitions, and her growing romantic feelings for her coach, from her parents.

This movie doesn’t ask you to take it seriously. It isn’t looking for praise or even acknowledgement for what it is. Instead, it takes everything—from its messages, to the East Indian heritage of its main character and her family, and the largely female cast—and runs with it. It leaves viewers either eating its dust, or hurrying to catch up with its cast of charming characters and upbeat story.  This isn’t a movie for YOU, it’s for US, the movie declares. Celebrate our difference, or get out.

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