Following an impressive debut at the box office, where it set a franchise record with a staggering $58 million opening, “Creed 3” is now available for streaming on Prime Video.
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Directed by Michael B. Jordan, who also stars in the film as heavyweight champion Adonis (“Donnie”) Creed, the third installment in this sports drama series introduces Jonathan Majors as his childhood friend-turned-rival, Damien (“Dame”). Picking up the story after the events of “Creed II,” the film follows Donnie as he prepares for a deeply personal showdown against Dame, a fight that transcends mere boxing.
This marks the first entry in the series without Sylvester Stallone, who originated the iconic role of Rocky Balboa and appeared as a mentor to Adonis in previous spinoff films.
“Creed III” also marks the directorial debut of Michael B. Jordan. Reflecting on this achievement, Jordan stated, “I’m not ignorant of the blessings and opportunities that I’m given. At the same time, I still feel like I have something to prove. I want to make people proud, and I want to make myself proud. So, I’m constantly trying to raise the bar.”
Variety film critic Owen Gleiberman, in his review of “Creed III,” describes it as “a sports drama that feels like a thriller with an urgent conscience.” He considers it a more dynamic film compared to the proficient but formulaic “Creed II,” although it may not quite reach the soulful filmmaking brilliance of the original “Creed.”
Gleiberman also commends Michael B. Jordan’s performance as Adonis, noting his ability to convey a range of emotions, from pride to anxiety, valor to tears, and moments of desperation. As a director, Jordan demonstrates well-paced storytelling and stages the boxing matches with a brutal and imaginative precision.