‘Creed’ is a worthy successor to ‘Rocky,’ reviews say

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As Rocky IV turns 30, here are 4 things you never knew about the film.

That’s what the 29-year-old director of Fruitvale Station talked about to persuade Sylvester Stallone to allow him to make Creed, the seventh film in the franchise, now playing. “I was just always honest with (Stallone) and let him know what the movies meant to me,” said Coogler during a recent interview in Toronto — fittingly held in a Yonge St. boxing gym — along with Creed’s stars Michael B.

Jordan), a pair of prehistoric pals (“The Good Dinosaur,” featuring voice performances by Raymond Ochoa and Jeffrey Wright), and a dogged detective (“Victor Frankenstein,” starring James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe). The movie is an overwrought Reagan-era allegory for the capitalist-communist conflict that dominated world politics for the better part of four decades. With Tessa Thompson. (Calvin Wilson) “The Good Dinosaur” ★★★ (PG; 1:40) • “The Lion King” meets “Ice Age” in this gorgeously animated but all-too-predictable holiday offering from Pixar. (Sarah Bryan Miller) “Legend” ★★½ (R; 2:11) • Tom Hardy plays twin British gangsters Reggie and Ronnie Kray in this unnecessary and repetitive drama from writer-director Brian Helgeland.

The mayhem is hard to watch, but the film is noteworthy for Hardy’s terrific performances. (CW) “Victor Frankenstein” ★ (PG-13; 1:49) • This forgettable retelling of Mary Shelley’s seminal horror tale has a dash of Marvel Comics and a revisionist perspective thrown in for flavor. Critics say he’s a contender once again: “Creed” is one of the best entries in the venerable franchise, with fantastic performances from Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Although the mad doctor with a God complex (James McAvoy) gets title billing, the star this time is his faithful assistant Igor (Daniel Radcliffe). (Miami Herald) The troubled son of Rocky’s one-time rival and later friend and mentor, Apollo Creed, was born after his dad’s death in the ring (in 1985’s Rocky IV). Jordan’s formidable charisma, ‘Creed’ is only sporadically compelling, resulting in a movie that never quite shakes the impression that it’s a novel but not particularly necessary addition to the ‘Rocky’ series.” — Tim Grierson, Screen International Pixar has ruled the computer animation genre since it debuted “Toy Story” in 1995, but it’s never attempted to release two films in one year before.

As noted by Philly.com, before the making of Rocky IV, International Robotics founder Robert Doornick had appeared on a talk show to discuss his work with children and Sico. It was an intensely personal project for Coogler, who said the Rocky movies helped his father deal with his own mother’s breast cancer when he was young.

Set on an alternate version of Earth where dinosaurs have survived extinction, the story centers on Arlo, a timid Apatosaurus who finds himself lost after chasing a caveboy into the wilderness. He later used the dramas to motivate Coogler in high school and college. “Whenever I’d have a big football game or a big test at school, he’d say, ‘Hey man take 10 minutes, we’ll watch this scene from Rocky.’” Coogler recalled. “He’d get fired up … this’ll give you the juice! Critics say “Victor Frankenstein” resembles its title character’s creation: it’s a bunch of disparate elements fastened together, lacking the spark needed to come to life.

First, after killing Apollo Creed: “If he dies, he dies.” Second, before going 15 rounds with Rocky: “I must break you.” Thus comprises nearly 20 percent of every word Dolph Lundgren utters in his starring, non-Bond debut. James McAvoy stars as the doctor and Daniel Radcliffe plays Igor; together, they team up to create artificial life, but (spoiler alert!) their macabre experiments eventually spiral out of control. “Victor Frankenstein” is currently at 18 percent on the Tomatometer; here’s what some of the critics are saying: Rotten: “As Radcliffe says from the beginning, we know this story. Since we already do, the longer this particular version of it continues, the more we wonder why we’re bothering to sit through it.” — Jen Chaney, Washington Post Rotten: “Despite half-hearted moves towards providing a new take on a classic story, ‘Victor Frankenstein’ is less “aliiiiiive!” than trapped in a coma of its own making.” — Rebecca Pahle, Film Journal International She describes Stallone as “an awesomely eccentric, fantastic dude.” Thompson observes Rocky audiences remain loyal because “they give us a sort of perspective of what’s possible with self determination, perseverance.

He helped the actor avoid the kind of slip-ups that make moviegoers cringe, learning not to “oversell a punch, not taking the punch too soon, taking a long time, especially when you do slo-mo shots. Coogler said his most difficult day on set was shooting an emotional scene involving Jordan and Stallone and the famous “Rocky steps” leading to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Not only that, Rocky IV remained the highest-grossing sports movie, outlasting Field of Dreams, Major League, and White Men Can’t Jump — for nearly 15 years. Despite not ending the Cold War, The Waterboy with Adam Sandler finally took the box-office belt from Rocky IV, though the fourquel remains the No. 3 biggest sports movie of the last 40 years when adjusted for inflation.

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