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Creed is first rate. And an overwhelming emotional experience.It wasn’t that it was a tear jerker plot. It’s just that because of the long history of Rocky movies there is now an emotional resonance that’s automatically built into the series. So many of the scenes in Creed contain references to the earlier film and those references more than anything else raise goosebumps.

The film takes a new approach and seems more realistic than the others, particularly the boxing and training scenes. I believe it’s the first in the series to be filmed in widescreen. Stallone was wise to put himself and his beloved character into writer/director Ryan Coogler’s hands.