Adonis 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.
"Creed III" is the first movie in the Rocky franchise to not include Sylvester Stallone, and while the absence of the iconic actor is felt, the film stands on its own as a solid entry in the series. The movie follows Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) as he navigates the ups and downs of his boxing career while also dealing with personal struggles outside the ring.
The fight sequences in "Creed III" are a mixed bag. Some of them are well choreographed and exciting to watch, while others veer into the realm of artsy and feel out of place in a movie about boxing. Additionally, for a film marketed as a "manly" movie, there is an abundance of emotion and introspection that may turn off some viewers.
One of the major flaws of the movie is the decision to give a title fight to a relatively unknown boxer, which feels unrealistic and undercuts the stakes of the film. However, Michael B. Jordan's performance as Adonis Creed is once again a highlight, and he brings a raw intensity to the role.
Overall, "Creed III" is a decent addition to the Rocky franchise, but it may not be enough to justify further sequels. While the film wraps up Adonis' story in a satisfying way, there is always the fear that Hollywood will continue to milk the franchise for all its worth.