Creed III is a 2023 sports drama film directed, produced by and starring lead actor Michael B. Jordan (The Wire, That Awkward Moment, Fruitvale Station, Hardball, and Parenthood) in his directorial debut. It was written by Keenan Coogler (Space Jam: A New Legacy and Rachel from New York) and Zach Baylin (King Richard). The story and produced by filmmaker Ryan Coogler (Creed, Creed II, Black Panther, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and Fruitvale Station). It was produced by Sylvester Stallone (Rocky franchise, Creed franchise, Samaritan, and Tulsa King). This is the first film in the Creed and Rocky universe not to feature Rocky in it. It follows Creed and Creed II for this boxing trilogy. It’s the first film distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer after its acquisition by Amazon. The budget was $75 million and it grossed $274.5 million worldwide at the box office!!!!
In 2002 L.A., a young Adonis “Donnie” Creed sneaks out with his best friend, Golden Gloves champion Damian “Diamond Dame” Anderson to watch him compete in an underground boxing match. After Dame’s victory, he tells Donnie about his aspirations to turn professional and become a world champion. During a detour at a liquor store, Donnie impulsively attacks a man named Leon, and Dame is arrested while Donnie escapes. In the present day, Donnie (played by: Michael B. Jordan from Creed franchise, Black Panther franchise, Just Mercy, and Fantastic Four) has retired from boxing to focus on his wife Bianca (played by: Tessa Thompson from the Creed franchise, Thor franchise, Westworld, Men in Black: International, and Avengers: Endgame) and their daughter (played by: Mila Davis-Kent from The Resident) whose hearing impairment has since led the family to become fluent in American Sign Language. Donnie runs Delphi Boxing Academy with Tony “Little Duke” Evers Jr. (played by: Wood Harris from the Creed franchise, The Wire, Above the Rim, Ant-Man, Remember the Titans, and Paid in Full) and he is promoting his protégé the world champion Felix “El Guerrero” Chavez (played by: Jose Benavidez from ESPN Top Rank Boxing) in a match against Viktor Drago (played by: Florian Munteanu from Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Creed II, and The Contractor). While the two watch the declining health of Donnie’s adoptive mother Mary-Anne (played by: Phylicia Rashad from the Creed franchise, The Cosby Show, and Soul).
Released from prison, Dame (played by: Jonathan Majors from Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, Loki, Lovecraft Country, Devotion, and White Boy Rick) reconnects with Donnie and shares his desire to resume his boxing career. Dpnnie reluctantly invites Dame to the gym but his presence draws scorn from Chavez and Duke. Dame asks for a title shot against Chavez, but Donnie refuses. After Drago is attacked by an unknown assailant at a party for Bianca’s record label, which casts doubt on his ability to participate in his upcoming fight, Donnie nominates Dame as Drago’s replacement. Dame wins the undisputed heavyweight championship in a fight against Chavez at Crypto.com Arena. After the event, an uneasy Donnie visits Mary-Anne who shows him letters Dame had written to Donnie while in prison that she kept from him due to her believing that he was a bad influence. One letter contains a picture showing Dame with a fellow inmate that Donnie recognizes as Drago’s assailant. Realizing Dame orchestrated the attack, Donnie confronts him, and Dame admits that he manipulated him into getting the title shot. Dame starts messing with Donnie’s life and he backs him into a corner during these situations which forces the former boxer to return to the sport for some retribution. Donnie must start over to train against his original mentor when it comes to boxing. Can he learn some new tricks to defeat the person who basically created him as a fighter????Creed III is a more personal look into former boxer Adonis Creed and past finally catches up to him here. This third feature from the boxing trilogy is a little darker than the others. It brings back most of the original cast from the previous two Creed movies but a iconic character is left out for this one and it’s painfully obvious. It’s really weird having a Creed film without the legendary Rocky in it. I really hope they bring him back if they decide to make more of these in the future. Lead actor Michael B. Jordan steps behind the camera for the very first time in Creed III for his directorial debut. This his best role during his acting career so far so it was great to see him bring back Creed in this sequel. It was a nice redemption story for both of the main characters in this. Jonathan Majors stole the show here as Dame. Yes, he’s the villain in Creed III but he’s so charismatic it’s hard to hate him. The supporting is solid as always in this franchise which includes Wood Harris, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, and Florian Munteanu. Sports analyst Stephen A. Smith even has a cameo as himself in Creed. Creed III is loaded with drama and it has a great build up for the final fight. The fight and boxing choreography is top notch. There’s so many Marvel Comics connections in this third feature. This one was worth the wait. It has plenty of replay value and there’s never a dull moment in this. It’s available for streaming on Amazon Prime right now, RECOMMENDED!!!!Let’s talk about the high definition presentation from Warner Bros and MGM! This 2160p (2.39:1) transfer with Dolby Vision and HDR10 looks amazing in 4K. This might be the best looking UHD of the year so far. The fight and boxing scenes are top notch in Creed III, Everything in this feature pops out on the screen. It has a few different audio options that includes English: Dolby Atmos and English: Dolby TrueHD 7.1 on the 4J disc. I thought the picture quality was damn near perfect but the audio is even better than that on here. It roars through your speakers, it feels like you are there. The dialogue is very clean, all the action is elevated, and the music has a killer boost to it. It also has English SDH, French, German, Italian, and Spanish subtitles.Let’s discuss the special features from MGM and Warner Bros on this home video release! All of the extras are located on the blu ray disc. “Michael B. Jordan: In the Ring / Behind the Camera” is a little over 10 minutes. It’s a cool inside look showing Jordan balancing his roles as lead actor and director on this production. It has interviews with Michael B. Jordan, Ryan Coogler, Irwin Winkler, Tessa Thompson, Kevin Coogler, and others. “There’s No Enemy Like the Past: Donnie and Dame” is a little over 9 minutes. This one is character driven, it focuses on the sequel plus the origin story of this third feature in the Creed trilogy. A little over 4 minutes of “Deleted Scenes” which includes “Dame Steals Candy for Boy”, “Amara School Hallway”, and “Duke Talks to Adonis in Church”. It also comes with a slipcover, a digital copy, and a blu ray with this 4K/UHD, It’s now streaming on Amazon Prime. This is a great addition to the Creed and Rocky universe. It’s available everywhere right now, CHECK IT OUT!!!!