Director: Michael B. Jordan
Cast: Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson, Jonathan Majors
Release Date: May 23, 2023
A review by: Kevin Lovell
Movie Rating: 6/10
Disc Rating: 7.5/10
After dominating the boxing world, Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) has thrived in both his career and family life. When childhood friend and former boxing prodigy Damian (Jonathan Majors) reappears after serving a long prison sentence, he is eager to prove that he deserves his chance in the ring. The confrontation between former friends is more than just a fight. To settle the score, Adonis must risk his future to fight Damian, a fighter who has nothing to lose.
Please note: Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray I reviewed in this post. The opinions I share are my own.
‘Creed III’ reunites with Adonis Creed (Jordan), who is now the reigning champion and finally satisfied with his life and the success he has found in his career. But when his childhood friend Damian (Majors), with whom he shares a history, arrives at his gym fresh out of prison and intent on finally taking his boxing talents from his youth and proving himself a competitor, Creed he’s happy to try to find a way to help his old friend get a foothold in the game. But when things start to go wrong and Damian battles his way to the top against all odds, Creed will have to consider coming out of retirement to take on his old friend and prove that he can still be the champion.
This time directed by Michael B. Jordan from a script written by Keegan Coogler (Space Jam: A New Legacy) and Zach Baylin (King Richard), and a story by Ryan Coogler and Keegan Coogler and Zach Baylin, Jordan makes a very capable job at the helm of ‘Creed III,’ which also marks his directorial debut. The film’s cast includes several new and returning people from the series and features Michael B. Jordan (No Regrets), Tessa Thompson (Thor: Love and Thunder), Jonathan Majors (Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania), Wood Harris (TV’s Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty), Florian Munteanu (The Contractor) and Phylicia Rashad (Black Box) along with more, most each delivering capable or at least overall adequate performances in their respective roles.
‘Creed III’ is an entertaining sequel that does a great job of delivering some tense and slightly stressful boxing matches that are beautifully shot, as well as delving into the family life of Adonis Creed and the struggles the now quite content family must face. They clash when a familiar face from Creed’s childhood reappears and forces her way into his life and the world of boxing he was forced to leave after his arrest decades earlier. Jordan does a good job both behind and in front of the camera this time around and the capable cast goes a long way in helping the story move forward and never get boring in the process, while the in-ring action also looks as tremendous as ever for the most.
The movie has its heart mostly in the right place and finds new struggles and decisions for our star to make, but at the same time much of it plays out too conveniently and by the book, with purposeful twists that the characters are in some way. . unable to rebuild from scratch, even when the audience has no problem doing so. It also fails to capture the struggle and struggle to show that oneself has always been one of the most notable aspects of the franchise(s) and Creed nary finds himself challenged throughout the course of the film, instead , just use a convenient event to build another everything basically to find a way to get him back in the ring. Thankfully, he never allows himself to get too stale or problematic in his approach and if he can follow through, any fan of the series is sure to find a lot to appreciate about this mostly solid sequel.
Overall, ‘Creed III’ is a largely enjoyable installment in the franchise that offers some tense and exciting boxing matches, along with exploration of Creed’s childhood and a pivotal event that works well up to a point, but also occasionally. it feels forced in its attempt to suddenly explore it in such depth and use it to introduce a key new character in the series. ‘Creed III’ is recommended for anyone who is a die-hard fan of the Rocky and Creed franchise, along with those who enjoyed the previous two ‘Creed’ movies but haven’t had a chance to see this one yet. It may not have the strengths and charm of its predecessors, but it still proves to be quite a rewarding sequel in many ways that is certainly worth watching for fans. If you’re already looking forward to this one, it should at least be worth your time and the cost of a rental.
The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release of ‘Creed III’ features a full 2160p ultra-high definition presentation with Dolby Vision and HDR-10, presented in its original Cinemascope 2.39:1 aspect ratio. The video presentation looks pretty good as a whole and provides a generally crisp, clean and well-detailed presentation from start to finish that never suffers from unexpected or unintended crashes or issues that are discovered along the way. The release does a great job of capturing the intended look of the film, which often uses some oddly placed colors and hues along with some darker sequences that occur indoors in an almost blurry or dull style. Everything within is held up quite well and the characters’ faces and clothing, along with the backgrounds, crowds, and outdoor shots all look sharp and immaculately detailed across the board. The addition of Dolby Vision also adds some more specific and realistic colors, while black levels stay consistently deep and clean. Overall, this is a solid ultra-high definition video presentation that looks good every time and should please fans and newcomers alike.
The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release features a Dolby Atmos soundtrack (compatible with Dolby TrueHD 7.1 channels). Please note that this review pertains only to Dolby TrueHD 7.1 audio presentation. This multi-channel soundtrack delivers an admirable and aggressive presentation while providing a clean, crisp and remarkably immersive audio presentation every time. He regularly uses the seven available channels to send crowd noise and chants, along with nature effects, snippets of dialogue, and much more booming through the various speakers at every suitable opportunity, while ensuring that any dialogue or other audio elements that may be occurring simultaneously remain clean and fully audible. Overall, this is an excellent Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 compatible) soundtrack that delivers a beautiful rendition every step of the way and should easily thrill viewers.
The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release of ‘Creed III’ features some extras that can be found on the included Blu-ray. The Blu-ray Disc includes some ‘Deleted Scenes’ from the film (with a total duration of approximately 4 minutes), along with the behind-the-scenes featurettes ‘Michael B. Jordan: In The Ring/Behind the Camera’ (with a duration of approximately 10 minutes) and ‘Donnie and Dame: There’s No Enemy Like the Past’ (approximately 9 minutes) which includes interviews/commentary with cast and crew, plus behind-the-scenes footage and more.
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Movie Rating: 6/10
Disc Rating: 7.5/10
‘Creed III’ is now available to buy on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and digital from MGM and Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment
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