The first “Creed” was an absolute knockout. Apollo Creed’s son ‘Adonis,’ (Michael B. Jordan), enters the ring trained by ‘Rocky Balboa’ himself.
“Creed II,” not quite up to the original. “Creed III” splits the difference.
Sylvester Stallone does not appear in this one (creative differences). The story makes up for his absence with a strong nemesis. ‘Dame’ is Adonis’s former childhood friend (Duncanville’s Jonathan Majors) and fresh out of prison.
Creed is the retired heavyweight champ, happy in his home life with wife (Tessa Thompson) and their daughter. A new champion (real-life boxer Jose Benavidez) is forced to bow out of a title challenge. Dame is willing to take on anyone, including Creed, to settle a score and get the shot he feels he’s long deserved. And so we get Creed vs. Dame in Dodger Stadium.
Jordan also makes his debut as a director in “Creed III” and shows fine …