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Dome Pondering Movie Review: Creed III (2023)

What is it about? 

After retiring and moving into the next stage of his career, Adonis reconnects with a childhood friend who brings him back to his past that places him in an encounter that is more than a fight. 

Who is in it?

Michael B. Jordan - Adonis Creed 

Tessa Thompson - Bianca Creed

Jonathan Majors - Damian Anderson

Favorite Scene: 

[spoiler alert]

Immediately after winning the World Heavyweight Championship, Adonis confronts Damian on the beach. 

Favorite Quote: 

"The higher you get, the harder it gets."

Review: 

It's really hard NOT to like Creed III. Yes, I'm a fan of the Rocky Series, and in many ways, I think that the Creed franchise has brought modern elements and a new underdog story to the new millennium, and possibly even to new fans. 

Off the heels of a predictable (yet still good) Creed II where Adonis battled the son of Drago, this installment in the franchise sees the film take on a storyline arc that is about the fight,  and so much more. The overall plot of his childhood friend, dealing with the guilt and past, and making amends felt cliche but was very well executed. I found myself more into the relationship between Adonis and Damian rather than any "final battle" could have resolved. 

Jonathan Majors was so incredible in his role as Damian Anderson. He made you intrigued by him. He made you despise him. And of course, you also felt for him. For just a few months, Damian Anderson was World Heavyweight Champion. His dream was realized because (and in spite) of Adonis Creed. Again, Majors was terrific. 

I'm not sure where we go from here for Creed IV (his daughter?), but this one was good.  

Grade: 4/5

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