Creed III Review: Michael B. Jordan Delivers a Knockout Film in the Series

Creed III Review: Michael B. Jordan Delivers a Knockout Film in the Series
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Creed III marks the directorial debut of Michael B. Jordan, who has been playing Adonis Creed since the first Creed film. The films are a spin-off of the Rocky franchise and follow the son of legendary boxer Apollo Creed, a friend and former rival of Rocky Balboa. In the third film, Adonis’ past comes to haunt him in the form of childhood friend Damian Anderson, played by Jonathan Majors (Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania), and he’ll have to navigate his thriving career and family life while taking care of an old friend. Creed III is a knockout film, and Jordan has delivered an emotional punch.

Creed III is still part of the Rocky franchise, and it pays homage to the Rocky Balboa and Apollo Creed legacy, which fans will get a kick out of. The story involves a new character in the series by the name of Damian Anderson. His introduction felt natural and grounded, thanks to the performance by Majors and the script. Damian was once a boxer who helped inspire Adonis, but his future went away when he was sent to prison after committing a crime. Now that he’s out, Damian wants to get back into boxing, including getting a shot at the championship title. Damian’s backstory is the perfect underdog story that contrasts Adonis’ successful career. It’s fitting since Rocky is known as a classic underdog story.

Creed III: Michael B. Jordan’s Directorial Debut

Directing and acting in the lead role is no easy task, but Jordan is able to give another powerful performance as Adonis Creed while also capturing strong performances from the cast. Jordan gives it his all, and he balances his performance as a fighter who is still learning to become a better father and husband while also building his career.

Majors brings depth to a character that could seem one-dimensional, and he brings sadness to a tragic character wanting redemption. The casting of the actor is a good choice since he is also imposing and believable as someone who can fight inside the ring.

Tessa Thompson is back as Bianca Creed, and she’s the anchor that holds Adonis together. Jordan and Majors have a lot of screen time compared to Thompson, but her character still has some meaty moments. Audiences get to explore her life as she deals with progressive hearing loss and her sacrifices, and it’s enough to feel fleshed out while also paralleling Adonis’ career path.

The boxing sequences are visceral and intense, and each hit feels powerful and real. One of the highlights involves a mix of regular and slow-motion speed as Adonis fights a rival, and it makes you question whether the actors were really hurt during the making of the film.

The characters all go through an emotional journey, and it’s both heart-wrenching and heartwarming. The stakes are high, both in the fight between Adonis and Damian and in their future.

Final Reaction

Overall, Creed III is a knockout film that delivers on every corner of the ring, and Michael B. Jordan’s directorial debut is triumphant. Jordan and Jonathan Majors have standout performances, and their characters’ backstories are intriguing, emotional, and believable.

Rating: 4/5 Atoms

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