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Returning to the Rocky story without Rocky helming might sound like a big misstep, but with the guiding hands of Ryan Coogler, it was a huge success and breathed new life into the nearly 40-year-old franchise. Coogler’s Creed put a spin on the story that allowed for new characters to enter the frame while letting the established lead – Rocky Balboa – to take on the mantle of trainer.

It all worked exceptionally well. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we continue our Rocky series with Coogler’s 2015 film Creed.

We talk about why the film works so well for us and why the fresh spin on the story helps. We look at Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson and Sylvester Stallone and what they bring to the table. We chat about DP Maryse Alberti and some of the incredible long shots scattered throughout the film and why they help lend to the authenticity of this world. We look at Ludwig Göransson’s music and how well it fits in this world, as well as the song “The Fire” by the Roots. And we debate the strength of the big moment finale in Creed’s training montage when Creed is circled by motocross bikes.

It’s a solid film and one we love, and it’s well worth checking out. So do so, then tune in to this week’s show! The Next Reel – when the movie ends, our conversation begins.

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