Annihilation is the latest movie starring Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Oscar Isaac and Gina Rodriguez. Adapted from novelist Jeff VanderMeer’s best seller of the same name, Portman plays a biologist on a dangerous secret expedition where the laws of nature don’t apply…
There are a number reasons I want to watch this. 1.) Acting queen and all round smart woman, Natalie Portman. 2.) Alex Garland, writer and director of my favourite Alicia Vikander movie, Ex Machina (2015) – I’m still fantasising about a sequel that I know will very likely never happen.) 3.) This trailer is great! It made me so happy that I punctuated watching it with the words ‘Yeah baby!’ and the thought, ‘This is what I’ve been waiting for.’ I’m so ready. I just hope it isn’t too similar to Arrival (2016), a movie I’m still yet to watch.
Tessa Thompson, David Gyasi, Cosmo Jarvis and Sonoya Mizuno also star.
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.
I’m guessing that Rocky (1976) fans will be very excited right about now. The trailer for Creed (2015), the seventh Rocky film and spin-off from the Rocky film series just arrived and ‘promising’ is the word.
Starring Sylvester Stallone as former World Heavyweight Champion, Rocky Balboa, Creed sees Balboa serve as trainer and mentor to young boxer, Adonis Creed played by rising star, Michael B. Jordan.
Fans of the Rocky films will know that Adonis Creed is the son of the late Apollo Creed, a friend to Balboa as well as a former rival – all of which makes for an interesting dynamic between the two main characters.
I’m confessing to having never seen any of the Rocky movies. Yes, shock horror. However I am contemplating finally changing that fact just in time to watch this new release and also to keep FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) at bay.