‘Creed’ goes the distance and delivers brilliance

One of the toughest tests a director can be faced with is taking on a film in a franchise that features a truly iconic, larger than life character.  That’s the task writer/director Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station) accepted with Creed.  “Adonis Creed” (Jordan) is the illegitimate son of the late “Apollo Creed” (Weathers, seen only in flashback).  Born after the tragic death of his father, Adonis’ mother dies soon after his birth and he has moved from group home to group home before winding up in Juvenile Hall.  “Mary Ann Creed” (Rashad) decides to open her home to her late husband’s son.

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