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A couple brief thoughts on Creed (2015)

I’ve been meaning to see Creed for a while, and finally got around to it last night. I liked it a lot – it reminded me of how I felt seeing the original Rocky as a kid. The cinematography and sound editing of Adonis’s first bout is especially impressive – if you enjoy the art of film it’s worth seeing just for that (but don’t skip the rest of the movie around it).

My favorite character, though, was Bianca (played by Tessa Thompson, recently of Thor: Ragnarok fame). She’s the romantic interest for Adonis, and in many movies would have had just that one note. But in Creed she’s a fully realized character, and in a film about physical prowess she’s brings positive disability representation. Bianca has progressive hearing loss, and it’s neither over- nor under-played. It’s part of her life and informs her character, but again it isn’t her one note.

There’s also a wonderful moment when Adonis begins to tell Bianca the ardor of his passion, and she cuts him off. She explains that infatuation, passion, and new-relationship energy will pass, and that’s okay but they’re not enough to build a relationship on. Again, not what you hear from most romantic interests.

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