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CREED II (2018): The Things I Liked…

Creed II (2018), Michael B. Jordan, MGM
Creed II (2018), Michael B. Jordan, MGM

Creed II is a movie I watched because I was told it’s worthwhile. It certainly would have been a better experience overall if I were a serious a boxing fan. If like myself you’re just a fan of good movies, that’s enough because thanks to the story, dramatic performances and that rather great fight sequence near the end, I had a good time with director Steven Caple Jr.’s film.

Centred around what is arguably the most important fight of Adonis Creed’s life, I enjoyed the emotional journey and overarching tension as Creed grows into the man and the mindset required to get to where he needs to be. I also liked the rather moving moments in and outside of the boxing ring. From the time Creed learns of his opponent, to the required balancing act where his family life is concerned and the intense training in the desert which culminates in the all important biggest fight of his life.

Regarding the question of whether Creed II is better than Creed, the good news is that they’re both good. As such, definitely watch it if you’re into boxing. For everyone else, it’s beautifully shot, particularly the training and fight scenes. Lastly, you’ll be moved and the cast is great.

Happy Film Loving 

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CREED II – Trailer 2 Starring Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Florian Munteanu…

Creed 2 (2018), Michael B. Jordan
Creed 2 (2018), Michael B. Jordan

Trailer 2 for Creed 2 is officially great. Loving the intensity and purpose behind Adonis Creed’s eyes.

Directed by Steven Caple Jr; Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, and Florian Munteanu are among the stars…

Here’s the thing; I wasn’t going to get drawn into watching another boxing movie because they’re all pretty much, you know, the same. But then I’d just watched a different boxing movie trailer which didn’t look especially great. That unfortunate experience rightly brought me straight here. Having thoroughly enjoyed this new Creed 2 trailer, I’m officially in for the story, the intensity and maybe one or two other things.

Creed II Release Dates: November 21st, 2018 (US); November 30th, 2018 (UK)…

Read my spoiler-free movie review of Creed II (2018).

Happy Film Loving

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BLACK PANTHER (2018): The Things I Liked…

Black Panther (2018), Chadwick Boseman
Black Panther (2018), Chadwick Boseman

Black Panther is a traditional superhero movie in the way that its’ a fun, partly humorous, definitely colourful and action-packed visual experience. It’s the classic story of a hero rising to defend the many from a destructive outside force. This time, instead of the main location being somewhere that’s recognisably the United States, the main setting is a fictional African nation named Wakanda.

Directed by Ryan Coogler of Creed (2015) and Fruitvale Station (2013), including all that this movie means in terms of representation, Black Panther is also memorable for me thanks to the great visuals and the ways in which the story is that little bit different from other superhero movies. There’s also the undeniable cool factor thats courtesy – in part of the stunt work, and shooting style.

I liked all the performances and particularly enjoyed seeing Andy Serkis in a role I wasn’t expecting him to play. The smart, empowered and powerful female characters were another highlight.

In terms of what’s next for the franchise, the way Black Panther ends certainly has me very intrigued about how the follow-up will unfold. Particularly since I’m  someone who’s quite aware of the nature of humans when it comes to power and resources.

No doubt you’ve probably already seen this one but in case you haven’t, watch it because it’s a good and fun… and Marvel.

Happy Film Loving

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CREED II (2018): New Trailer From Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Florian Munteanu…

Creed II (2018), Michael B. Jordan
Creed II (2018), Michael B. Jordan

In the Steven Caple Jr. directed Creed IIRocky Balboa and newly crowned heavyweight champion Adonis Creed team up to fight Viktor Drago, the son of Ivan Drago.

Michael B Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson and Florian Munteanu star…

This one is, I imagine quite exciting for dedicated fans of boxing and the Balboa / Creed / Drago story. I’m more of a good film fan. Therefore, there’s a chance that this may be for  me too, probably.

Creed II Release Dates: November 21st, 2018 (US); November 30th, 2018 (UK)…

Read my spoiler-free movie review of Creed II (2018).

Happy Film Loving

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FAHRENHEIT 451 (2018): New Trailer From Michael B. Jordan, Michael Shannon, Sofia Boutella…

Fahrenheit 451 (2018), Michael B. Jordan
Fahrenheit 451 (2018), Michael B. Jordan

Starring Michael B. Jordan, Michael Shannon and Sofia Boutella, Fahrenheit 451 is set in a future where all books must be destroyed. Jordan plays Guy Montag, a fireman whose job it is to eradicate all books.

Unbeknownst to his superiors, Montag begins to question his actions after meeting a little girl…

A world where books are no longer a thing? How can one not be intrigued? It seems near enough ridiculous that such a predicament should truly come to pass. I say I have no issues with such a reality as long as it remains purely fiction, of course.

Directed by Ramin Bahrani; Keir Dullea, Martin Donovan, Lilly Singh, Grace Lynn Kung and Sean Jones also star.

Fahrenheit 451 Release Dates: May 19th, 2018 (US)…

Happy Film Loving

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BLACK PANTHER (2018): New Trailer From Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Daniel Kaluuya, Lupita Nyong’o…

Black Panther (2018), Lupita Nyong'o
Black Panther (2018), Lupita Nyong’o

Directed by Ryan Coogler (Creed 2015) and starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o and Angela Bassett, Black Panther is Marvel’s latest comic book superhero movie.  As is the case with all super hero movies, Black Panther is about a hero rising to defend many from an outside enemy.  Boseman is T’Challa, the new ruler of the advanced kingdom of Wakanda and it’s up to him to prevent his land from being torn apart…

My general fatigue where superhero movies are concerned will need to simmer down a little just so I can enjoy this movie. I love how ‘queenly’ and in charge Lupita looks, especially at 1:11 in the trailer. Boseman is an actor we can all rely on – along with the rest of the Black Panther cast,  so yes, I’m very excited indeed. And since February is my birthday month, I’ll consider this film as the personal gift to me that it is… in my head.

How very far away February suddenly seems.

Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Forest Whitaker, Florence Kasumba and Andy Serkis also star.

Black Panther Release Dates: February 16th, 2018 (UK & US); February 15th, 2018 (GER)…

Happy Film Loving

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CREED (2015): For The Story & Performances By Michael B. Jordan & Sylvester Stallone

Creed (2015) Sylvester Stallone, Michael B. Jordan
Creed (2015) Sylvester Stallone, Michael B. Jordan

Directed by Ryan Coogler and starring Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone and Tessa Thompson, Creed is more than I expected. Having never seen any of the previous Rocky movies, I was imagining plenty of fighting footage for at least one third of the time. Luckily, as a lover/ non-fighter, I’m glad to say that this isn’t the case.

What I love most about Creed is the way it seems to focus on the stories of the main characters and their relationships with each other, more so than on actual boxing. Nevertheless, Creed is still very much a boxing movie and fans of the sport, especially fans of the Rocky movies will have a good time.

I tuned in because the I liked the trailer. Also, I’m just someone who never seems to tire of well told  stories about pivotal life decisions. Especially when the stories are about people choosing to do what is in their heart over what is expected / comfortable. Creed which is written and directed by Ryan Coogler is a movie that captures what that journey can be like.

Watch it for the relatable themes of human experience, choreography of the main fight sequence, well paced editing and camera work.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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FANTASTIC FOUR (2015): May The Movie Live Up To Its Name

Fantastic Four (2015), Miles Teller
Fantastic Four (2015), Miles Teller

How did I not feature the Fantastic Four trailer sooner? Slight super hero movie fatigue perhaps…

Whatever the answer, I’m doing it now because it is rather well done. My favourite moment being when Reed Richards/ Mr. Fantastic looks up and down to his right. Isn’t slow motion a beautiful thing?

With some of the most talented Actors of young Hollywood, Fantastic Four is an interesting super hero movie about – you guessed it, saving humanity. This new reboot is directed by Josh Trank and stars Miles Teller, Michael B Jordan, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell.

Trailer 1…

Final Trailer…

I’ll be ready come the August (2015) release date.

Happy Fantastic Four 🙂

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