By Millie and Patrick Detry
In Creed III Adonis (played by Michael P Jordan) has been thriving in both his career and family life, but when a childhood friend and former boxing prodigy resurfaces, the face-off is more than just a fight.
This storyline makes CREED III a hit! We Left the movie not wanting it to end. The bonding between Adonis and his young daughter, Amara, simply tugs at the heart strings. This story between two brothers, their deep connections, love for each other, the eventual feeling of betrayal, the desire to get revenge is scary, and real. This is the driving force behind Dame (played by Jonathan Majors). Nothing will stop him from attainting his goal. He doesn’t care who he destroys in the process. You can feel his pain. He believes Adonis got what should have been his.
So, he goes about taking away all that matters to Adonis, no matter the price, so that he could see him suffer like he did.
The raw emotions and the stylistic public unfolding and the animosity of these two friends, brothers from a young age, so close, with so much history, now has turned to mortal enemies. The anticipated buildup and hidden secret of Adonis mother not telling him that Dame had reached out to him while in prison, because she wanted to protect him, makes that decision, even worse.
Adonis wife (played by Tessa Thompson), with her own demons because of her inability to perform on stage due to hearing loss, adds even more pressure. The young daughter, Amara, dealing with her physical disabilities and the anger boiling from that and wanting to be like Daddy. Push this story to the final confrontation.
Dame quest to get back his life and become number one, pushes him further in his attempt to destroy Adonis mentally and physically. Adonis has to put a stop to this – so he challenges Dame for supremacy – Heavyweight Champion of the World, which Dame now holds.
This leads to the grueling training scenes leading to the climatic and spectacular battle scenes in the ring with these two titans that are now enemies. as they slug it out. Their past memories start to influence their perceptions, feelings, and in truly Creed/Rocky style, the climatic ending, put you in the ring with them…but wait, we have to have closure. So, the victorious Adonis walks over to Dame’s locker, reminiscing, apologies and mutual respect and friendship rekindled. Then the final scene with Adonis telling his daughter to get his belt in the ring. She calls him in the ring to spar with her, playfully knocking her Dad out. He gets and hug her and his wife, Bianca, and heads home.
Touching ending to a great life story.
Michael P Jordan in his directorial debut hits a knockout punch of a movie!
Directed by: Michael B. Jordan
Screenplay by: Keenan Coogler & Zach Baylin
Story by: Ryan Coogler and Keenan Coogler & Zach Baylin
Produced by: William Chartoff, Ryan Coogler, Jonathan Glickman, Michael B. Jordan, Elizabeth Raposo, Sylvester Stallone, Charles Winkler, David Winkler, Irwin Winkler
Executive Producers: Zinzi Coogler, Sev Ohanian, Adam Rosenberg, Nicolas Stern
Cast: Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson, Jonathan Majors, Wood Harris, Mila Davis-Kent, Florian Munteanu, and Phylicia Rashad