Creed ★★★★

Showing off its intense long takes filled to the brim with powerful emotion, as soon as the plot picks up its pace Creed straight away informs us that it is no ordinary boxing film. It is an incredibly uplifting work -- music, performances and all; montages aside, the film feels more like a shared journey between the audience and Johnson than Johnson's triumph alone, I can't imagine anyone *not* shadowboxing their way out of the cinema after watching this. Favorite part: entrances of both boxers in the final showdown, especially Pretty Ricky's for being extra as hell.

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