Creed fights its way out of the shadow of Rocky Balboa

By Josh Svetz  @Svetz17


One of the main themes of Ryan Coogler’s (Fruitvale Station) latest film Creed shows how Apollo Creed’s son can carry the name of his father, but still build his own legacy, a notion that perfectly captures this film.

Creed, the newest boxing drama based off the popular “Rocky” series, comes to us at a time where most people just assumed the Rocky series had been put to rest.

While that’s still true, it’s hard to watch the film without thinking back to the classic series. Every so often you get reminded by the homages, passing conversations and overall the fact that eventually people begin to compare Creed’s son with his father, much like the film being compared to what it’s based off of.

But as the film progresses, it begins to break out of the classic’s shadow, becoming something all its own. The film, like Creed’s son, recognizes how it sits in the shadow of greatness, but still wants to carve out its own niche in the world.

Michael B. Jordan (The Wire) puts on a fantastic performance as Adonis Johnson, the young illegitimate child of the deceased Creed. Throughout the film, Johnson struggles with how to balance having the bloodline of one of the greatest boxers who ever lived, while also making his own name in the world of professional boxing.

The true star though is Rocky himself, Sylvester Stallone. Looked at lately as more of a parody of himself than a serious actor, the former action star seemed to be losing credibility, until now.

Stallone gives one of his best performances since the original 1976 classic as the retired Rocky Balboa who is sought out by Johnson to train him to be a professional boxer.

In fact, Stallone’s performance has received wide-spread praise from critics and websites like Rotten Tomatoes causing some to even suggest that he should be nominated for an Oscar.

While that may be a bit reactionary, Stallone has a few moments in this film where he steals the scene, and it wouldn’t be surprising if his agent has a few new scripts stacked up in his office.

As for Coogler, despite being only his second feature-length film, his directing is superb. Coogler finds a way to stay true to the character of Rocky, while also creating his own spin and overall delivering a gripping, thoughtful film that likely will set him up for lucrative future projects.

For those thinking this will be a Rocky movie, you’ll be disappointed. But for those who crave an interesting drama that features beautiful cinematography, superb acting and an overall interesting story that pushes a message that should appeal to any underdog then you can’t go wrong with one of the best films of the year thus far.

St. Bonaventure students anticipate upcoming movie

By Josh Svetz  @Svetz17

After a couple months of sub-par movies, it is finally time for the world of cinema to release the best movies they can offer to the viewing public. Films like Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Creed, The Hunger Games Mocking Jay part 2 and many more have been generating buzz in the film community. Not surprisingly, many students at St. Bonaventure are anticipating a variety of movies.

One such film is the new entry in the popular Rocky series, Creed. The new film introduces Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan) as Rocky’s (Sylvester Stallone) new pupil as Rocky attempts to train and mentor Johnson.

“I always loved the Rocky series, so that will be fun to watch,” said Steve Tomaino, a sophomore education major.

Paul Maurizio, a sophomore accounting major, is also intrigued by the film.

“I’m really interested to see how Rocky grooms Apollo Creed’s son,” said Maurizio.

Another film generating huge buzz is the final entry in the Hunger Games trilogy, Mockingjay Part 2.

“I’m excited to see Mockingjay Part 2,” said Christina Spezio, a sophomore strategic communications and digital media major.

Sophomore journalism and mass communications major Katie Tercek is also extremely excited for The Hunger Games.

“I’ve seen all the other ones and love them, and it’s just a fun thing to do with friends back at home!”

Of course, not every student is looking forward to the main releases. Actually, many students are anticipating a few of the films that could be in Oscar contention this year.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the Revenant,” said Emmy Kolbe, a sophomore journalism and mass communications major. “The cinematography looks absolutely incredible. I think this might be the movie [Leonardo] DiCaprio finally wins an Oscar for.”

“I’m very excited to see the new Steve Jobs movie,” said Liam Comerford, a junior journalism and mass communications major.” I feel like it will have a lot more depth than the first one that was made. It was amazing what that man was able to do.”

“There’s this movie called Spotlight that comes out in November that highlights the investigation into some scandals that took place in the Catholic Church around the Boston area,” said Matt Hoey, a senior strategic communications and digital media major. “It should be pretty cool.”

Outside of the possible Oscar contenders, some students are just looking forward to certain actors returning to the big screen.

“There’s a film about NFL concussion (issues) with Will Smith,” said Eli Morales, a sophomore strategic communications and digital media major. “He is one of my favorite actors, because he’s versatile and has a comedic side but can also be more dialed in for more emotional films.”

Some students are just interested in cool concepts finding their way onto the big screen.

Sarah Jupinka, a sophomore education major, is excited to see the new Peanuts movie, based on the popular cartoon.

“Growing up, I loved all those [cartoons], and I just thought they were the funniest (cartoons), and I’m sure that this one won’t disappoint.”

Kirk Windus, a senior journalism and mass communications major, is anticipating the new Macbeth adaptation.

“Michael Fassbender is going to be a badass version of Macbeth,” said Windus. “I can’t wait to see a super action movie version of a Shakespearean play.”

Despite the variety of movies students are excited for, one film in particular piques the interest of almost everyone. After a ten-year hiatus, Star Wars is back. The seventh entry in the series, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set to premiere in late December and students are excited.

“Because it’s Star Wars,” said Windus. “Harrison Ford is back, and it had the best trailer I’ve ever seen.”

“My family and me always loved watching those movies growing up with my brothers,” said Caroline Power, a strategic communications major.

“I’ve always been a fan, and I’m pretty excited that they decided to continue on with the story,” said Ty Holmes, a sophomore undecided business major.

“J.J Abrams rarely has you leaving the theater wanting more,” said Will Tighe, a senior strategic communications and digital media major.

“The second trilogy was just coming out when we were kids, so it’s exciting to see this new trilogy kick off when our adult lives seem to be kicking off at the same time,” said AJ Loughry, a sophomore accounting major.

While students carry heavy anticipation for these films, we won’t know if they can deliver until they come out gradually this year. Until then, all we can do is speculate and hope that these films are everything we hope they will be.