Sylvester Stallone


Creed is an incredibly passionate deep and intense film. It takes what you loved about the original Rocky and brings it back to life. Never settling for anything less than an incredible writing, the story takes you on an emotional rollercoaster of fun, excitement, drama, and even a twist or two of nostalgia. But never so much that it takes away from its own identity. Starring Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, and Tony Bellew. It is written, produced, and directed by Ryan Coogler.

I spent all day rewatching the entire Rocky Franchise. Yes, even the dreaded Rocky V with Tommy Gunn. This franchise is one that helped shape my love for film. Growing up with Rocky seeing him become this bigger than life hero, yet always remain the good hearted man he was. His story is one of triumph, and gives us all something to strive for. If you know what you’re worth then go out and get what you’re worth! A lesson I have always taken home form the one and only Champ. And now a new saga begins in the shadow of Rocky. The Story of Creed. The illegitimate son of Rocky’s greatest foe and ally, Apollo Creed. And while this is in fact a Rocky film, it is no longer his story. It is now Creed’s legacy.

It’s not very often a film comes a long and can truly suck you in. A film that makes you completely forget you are watching a movie and makes you feel like you are there. And Coogler and his team have done just that. Whether you are sitting with Adonis in a cell, or training alongside of him. This movie takes you for a ride you will not soon forget. The struggles that Adonis goes through to find his heart, to prove to himself that he is worthy of the name that is Creed, you take those steps with him. Coogler has done an incredible job on this script. From the editing bay, to the actors, to the sound mixing, to framing ever single shot perfectly.

I’m going to start with the negatives, because they are few and far between. The love story, while I understand what they were going for was a little on the shaky side. There are a few scenes between Adonis and Bianca (Thompson) that where a little dry and stereotypical. Welp now that I got that out of the way…

Amazing film. The story is so true to the original Rocky. It’s not necessarily a sports film, but a drama with sports in it. You follow Jordan’s character as he struggles to find his heart. This mirrors so perfectly the original film. With Rocky putting on his Mickey hat, and properly this time, you really feel a connection between the 2. The chemistry was perfect, no one could have played this role any better than Jordan did. While a few aspects of the love story are little weak, you still feel the chemistry between Bianca and Adonis as well.

All movie long I sat with a grin on my face, and had I not known already, I never would’ve guessed that this was the first Rocky film not to be written by Stallone himself. Coogler who worked with Jordan in 2013’s Fruitvale Station knows how to write to his strengths. And Jordan is at the top of his game because of it. Stallone as well is at his best. When Rocky falls ill, there runs the risk of overuse. However Stallone’s performance, and Cooglers direction and shots use it perfect. Not as a gimmick, not overbearing, but just enough that it pulls on your heartstrings, and gets it point across that is dire situation. There is no beating you over the head with a message, other than in this story, we fight.

Movies were made for the big screen. There is no other feeling like sitting in a packed theater, with sound system on point and everyone going for this ride together. And Creed is no exception to this. Matters a fact, if you only see one film in theaters, go see this. Grant it I have not seen Star Wars yet, the impact of this film in the theater is amazing. The sound mixing alone is worth the trip to the theater. I know I know, movie jargon, but the way they shot this film, you feel as if you are in the ring with Adonis. You hear the sound coming from over your shoulder as Rocky shouts out to him frim ringside. Ever hit, every fall, you feel it with you entire body. And by the time it is all said and done, you are sitting on the edge of your seat as if you are watching your favorite sports team or fighter in action.

Creed has by far taken my top spot as best movie of the year. Not only that, but in my opinion, takes the top spot of the franchise. Dare i say best sports film in the past decade. If you have the opportunity to go out and see it, scratch that, make sure you have the opportunity to go see it. This is the perfect film to come out over Thanksgiving weekend, and with any hope, we can move forward and see more of the story of the son of one the greatest boxers the world has ever known. Not only that, I put to you, That Sly, might get himself an Oscar Nom.

I don’t want to give much away. This is one that you need to experience. Whether you are a lifelong Rocky fan like I am, or a casual fan or you’ve never seen a single Rocky film. You will enjoy this. All the performances are top notch, the direction is incredible, and it has you sucked in from the moment the film starts.  I’m giving it a score of 5.2, plus a .4 bonus for the feels, and the excitement. That gives us a Jeebus score of 5.6. Well what say you Jackass Nation? Are you excited for Creed? What is your favorite Rocky moment? Sound of in the comments below. And remember, It is what it is!

The Jeebus Score explained

The Jeebus score is out of a possible 6 points. Films are giving a max of 1 point each for Acting, Entertainment, and Casting, and a max of .5 for Dialog, Cinematography, and Direction. There is also a possible bonus up to .5. Any film between 2.5 and 4 is considered a good film. 4-5 is a great film. Anything over 5 is an incredibly amazing film. To get a perfect score of 6 a film will pretty much have to be The Empire Strikes Back or The Godfather.

The boys are back in town!

The Iconic action stars of the 80s are back again. And this time they brought along even more fun. 80s, 90s, and even todays stars! The Expendables is a franchise that keeps growing in numbers. They are not known for their story driven cinema, or their Oscar winning performances. Its action. Nonstop, popcorn fun, action. I don’t go to these films expecting to be blown away by the script. Just the fun of seeing the stars I grew up on kicking ass! And that’s what they have delivered. The worry, is that now, The Expendables going into their 3rd film, have gone from a hard R rating, to a PG-13 in an attempt to broaden their audience. A risk if you ask me. I am the demographic for these films, if they try to gain a younger audience, they risk losing the audience they have. So was the risk worth it, well, I’d say yes it was.

This go around the Expendables return, Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. This go around they are joined by the likes of Antonio Banderas, Wesley Snipes, Kelsey Grammer, Kellun Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Glen Powell, Victor Ortiz, Robert Davi, Mel Gibson, and Han Solo himself, Harrison Ford. Once again written by Sylvester Stallone and directed this go around by Patrick Hughes. After the first 2, I love both installments. And actually believe the 2nd is better. The puns are great, the action if awesome. And the 3rd installment doesn’t really disappoint.

The story follows Barney Ross, as he trades in his old brethren for a younger team, in hopes to spare the lives of his Expendables. He goes up against a founding father of the Expendables, Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson) after the extraction of Stonebanks goes wrong, Barney and must once again enlist the back up of his brothers at arms.

Right of the bat, Gibson is the best thing about this film. He tows the line of crazy and psychopath so well, proving himself to still be one of the premier actors in the game. I for one hope this resurrects his career because it was fun seeing him again. There is a scene toward the middle of the film where he explains his motives to Stallone, it is almost chilling to watch Gibson upstage everyone.

If Gibson is the best part of this film, Banderas is a close second. As a nearly comic relief character, he channels his Desperado days and adds immense amount of humor and fun. You don’t know whether you want to kill this guy or die of laughing yourself. Rousey was used perfectly. Think Gina Carano in Fast 6. Snipes looked great, and makes me hope for a Blade 4. Harrison Ford takes over for Bruce Willis in this role, and actually doesn’t phone it in like Willis’ Church character in the past.

The PG-13 rating doesn’t necessarily hurt the film. Yes there are times when you wish there was terribly fake blood spatter. But they don’t skimp on the action! however if you watch closely you kind of see that there was probably blood in the original cut and makes you think there will be a director’s cut DVD.

There is an actual bit of character development in this film. The 2nd act of the film spends most its time developing the newbies, and Banderas. Problem is, that’s not why we are there. I want random explosions. I don’t necessarily need the details. It almost drags a bit in the film, but then the 3rd act hits and we back to what we want from these films.

In the end, if you want deep story, logic, and believability, then yes you are going to whine and cry about this movie. But if you can sit back, and enjoy the stars we grew up and some new faces, doing what they do best, then you are going to have a Good time at the theater. That’s right, thanks to a .2 bonus for a throwback Arnold “Get to tha choppa” line, I’m giving Expendables 3 a Jeebus score of 4.1.