Creed Tuesday, 31 March 2020


Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes, violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    We have a winner.

  • Starring:

    Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad

  • Directed by:

    Ryan Coogler

  • Running time:

    133 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)


    People are punched (sometimes repeatedly), tackled, taunted. Brawling, boxing training. Wall punched. Juvenile detention setting/boys in holding cells. Arguing. Gun possession charges, prison sentence, falling off motorcycle, beating up teenager mentioned. Blood/gore: Bloody cuts on faces/knuckles/back/eye, blood on clothing/objects. Blood/spit spurting from mouth. Bruising on faces, knuckles. Blackened, bloodshot, bloody, swollen eyes. A man collapses. Hospital scenes: IV drip, chemotherapy treatment. Bandage. Broken jaw, biopsy, non-Hodgkins lymphona, concussions, brain damage mentioned.


    Couples have (implied) sex; couple in bed together. Kissing, flirting, undressing. Shirtless men, skimpy clothing, bare legs/shoulders, cleavage. Pornographic magazine seen (woman in bikini on front cover). Infidelity/affairs mentioned.


    Alcohol (beer, wine, spirits). Smoking (cigar).


    F-words, s-words, a-words. Name-calling. Derogatory terms for African-Americans. Religious exclamations.


    Rocky Balboa, boxing, cancer/treatment, training, tournaments, legacy, illegitimacy, rivals, legends, identity, anger management, juvenile detention, honesty, retirement.


    Deceased father/husband, wife, mother mentioned. Hospital, juvenile detention, cemetery settings. Vomiting, saliva, hair loss, imbalance, physical deterioration, disorientation, hearing loss.


    Dramatic, strong, excellent, worthy, fresh, bracing, contemporary, grounded, rousing, emotional, smart, kinetic, exhilarating, crowd-pleasing, likeable, solid. Impressive/gripping performance by Michael B Jordan, Sylvester Stallone's best performance in years, lean/smart/direct screenplay, gritty prologue, intense/brilliantly choreographed/propulsive fight scenes, good storytelling/character development, genuinely touching moments, irresistible narrative, virtuosic editing, snazzy production values.


    Formulaic, sentimental, far-fetched, scrappy, clichéd. Unnecessary subplots, sporadically compelling.

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