Man, there are so many things to love about this brand new trailer for Creed:
If I have to be super honest with myself, Rocky Balboa might be my favorite Rocky movie. So the notes in this trailer that make it seem more like a sequel to that film than I had anticipated really hit my excitement buttons hard. Paulie has a gravestone. That’s like the saddest thing ever. And poor Rocky looks so old. He appears to even get one more big crying scene. I love this movie already.
But praising Rocky callbacks gives the short shrift to the real movie here, the one about Apollo Creed’s son Adonis and his struggle not just to make it in boxing, but to make it without living in his father’s shadow. This looks like it could be very moving as well, especially given the reverence this trailer plays to Apollo Creed himself, another thing that surprises me about this movie.
I don’t want to get too excited about a film that could always let me down, but it’s not easy. Creed looks incredible, like the best case scenario of what it’s trying to be. Let’s all hope that’s exactly what we get when the film hits November 25.