While we loved Creed, we felt that Sylvester Stallone’s performance was probably one of the strongest elements of it.
A layered performance of hope and sorrow, it was laced with a strength and vulnerability that really got us. It was a Rocky we had never seen before and, it seems, one we’ll never see again.
Stallone has said that Creed was Rocky’s final appearance: “I really have mixed feelings about this, seriously… I feel like Rocky, at the end of this movie on the steps, with the help of a young man, and he looks out and says, ‘From here, you can see your whole life’ — it sort of summarizes the whole thing. I don’t know how much further you can push Rocky.”
We think this is a fair summary of Creed’s finale and, while we’d love to see him become a Mickey-like mentor over the next few movies, we agree with him.
Mind you, Stallone said he was done after Rocky V and again after Rocky Balboa, but we think this time the champ is well and truly down.
We’ll miss you, Rocky, there’s been a lot of good times.