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'Creed' updates the Rocky franchise, explores masculinity

'Creed' updates the Rocky franchise, explores masculinity

The surprisingly captivating and sophisticated Rocky rewrite "Creed" tells the story of the illegitimate son of Apollo Creed, the Muhammad Ali-esque character from the Rocky franchise. The film opens with a young Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) staring out of a juvenile detention center's window. Guards put him into solitary confinement for brutally beating a boy almost twice his size. Soon after, the woman who will come to save his life, Apollo Creed's wife Mary Anne, played gracefully by Phylicia Rashad, informs him that despite what he thinks, he does "have a father." Adonis is the offspring of an extra-marital affair and though he is not her...

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