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Creed III Movie Review: Adonis Faces His Past

Adonis Creed has a challenge in front of him in this third installment of the famed movie franchise: he needs to face his past and overcome what it means about him and for his future.

In both Creed and Creed II, Adonis Creed showed his grit and determination to achieve his goal of becoming the Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the world, but in Creed III he’s faced with a challenge so big he’ll need to dig even deeper to find the strength to fight on.

Michael B. Jordan stars as Adonis Creed in CREED III  A Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures film, and it's also his directorial debut. Photo credit: Ser Baffo © 2023 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. All Rights Reserved CREED is a trademark of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Michael B. Jordan stars as Adonis Creed in CREED III A Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures film, and it’s also his directorial debut. Photo credit: Ser Baffo © 2023 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. All Rights Reserved CREED is a trademark of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Creed III also marks Michael B. Jordan’s directorial debut, which was also surely a challenge. Directing a movie can be hard enough to do well, but when you add in the fact that you’re directing yourself in the starring role, the degree of difficulty grows exponentially.

Luckily, Jordan has met the challenge and crushed it; this is a terrific first film.

Read these Exclusive Quotes from the Creed III Press Conference with the Cast

Michael B. Jordan stars as Adonis Creed, Mila Kent as Amara and Tessa Thompson as Bianca in CREED III  A Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures film Photo credit: Eli Ade © 2023 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. All Rights Reserved CREED is a trademark of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Michael B. Jordan stars as Adonis Creed, Mila Kent as Amara and Tessa Thompson as Bianca in CREED III A Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures film Photo credit: Eli Ade © 2023 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. All Rights Reserved CREED is a trademark of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Adonis’ Journey in the Creed Movies

Throughout the three Creed movies, Adonis has had to learn and then keep sight of his big “why”. Why does he fight? Is it to follow in his father’s footsteps, is it to prove his worth to the world – or to himself? And even more importantly in the world of professional boxing: how can he win?

The ability to believe in yourself when the odds against you are overwhelming and there are giant obstacles in your path is the real work here, and Adonis has had to learn that lesson again and again. Just like we all do.

Creed III movie poster starring Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Creed
Creed III opens March 3, 2023 in theaters, starring Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Creed, the film is also Jordan’s directorial debut

Facts About Creed III

Directed by: Michael B. Jordan

Screenplay by: Keenan Coogler & Zach Baylin

Story by: Ryan Coogler and Keenan Coogler & Zach Baylin

Produced by: Irwin Winkler, p.g.a., Charles Winkler, William Chartoff, David Winkler, Ryan Coogler, p.g.a., Michael B. Jordan, p.g.a., Elizabeth Raposo, p.g.a., Jonathan Glickman, Sylvester Stallone

Executive Producers: Sev Ohanian, Zinzi Coogler, Nicolas Stern, Adam Rosenberg

Cast: Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson, Jonathan Majors, Wood Harris, Mila Davis-Kent, Florian Munteanu, and Phylicia Rashad

Rating: PG-13 for intense sports action, violence and some strong language

Theatrical Opening Date: March 3, 2023

Running Time: 1 hour, 55 minutes

Jonathan Majors stars as Damian Anderson in director Michael B. Jordan’s CREED III  A Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures film Photo credit: Eli Ade © 2023 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. All Rights Reserved CREED is a trademark of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Jonathan Majors stars as Damian Anderson in director Michael B. Jordan’s CREED III A Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures film Photo credit: Eli Ade © 2023 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. All Rights Reserved CREED is a trademark of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Creed III – a Friend from the Past Appears

Creed III opens with Adonis (Michael B. Jordan) enjoying the life of a retired champion and a family he loves, with Bianca (Tessa Thompson) and their daughter Amara (Mila Davis-Kent) by his side. He spends time at the gym he’s running with his longtime trainer, helping to mentor and train a new champion.

But there’s a new challenge for Adonis this time – facing his past.

His old friend Damian Anderson (Johnathan Majors), whom he knew when they lived in a group home, has just been released from prison after serving a long sentence, and while at first they seem to be re-kindling a friendship, in reality Damian has come to settle a score.

Damian believes Adonis owes him a debt, that he was left behind in prison unjustly, and that Adonis was to blame.

Damian had been a promising Golden Gloves boxer as a teen, and he’s spent his years in prison focusing on what could have been. He wants to be the Heavyweight Champion, and he’s so determined to make that a reality, he’ll stop at nothing to get what he wants.

Including forcing Adonis to help him. The challenge for Adonis in Creed III is to come to terms with the truth of his past; but beyond that, to let it go.

Michael B. Jordan stars as Adonis Creed in CREED III  A Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures film Photo credit: Ser Baffo © 2023 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. All Rights Reserved CREED is a trademark of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.
The real opponent is within you. Luckily, your strongest ally is there, too. Michael B. Jordan stars as Adonis Creed in CREED III A Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures film Photo credit: Ser Baffo © 2023 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. All Rights Reserved CREED is a trademark of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.

You Can’t Run From Your Past – But What if You Don’t Need To?

Letting go of your past and any guilt or shame you are holding onto may be one of the hardest things to learn in life, but it’s the thing that will set you free to live in the present.

However, that doesn’t stop us from running away or hiding from our past, because, as Adonis realizes, it’s a tough fight.

Brené Brown, who studies courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy, has this to say about the subject:

If we can share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, shame can’t survive.

Brené Brown

Bianca offers Adonis the way to share his story, as his wife and partner, and as someone who loves him. She’s always been in his corner supporting him, and when he can tell her the story he’s been so eager to hide, it starts to set him free from it.

Tessa Thompson stars as Bianca and Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Creed in CREED III  A Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures film Photo credit: Eli Ade © 2023 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. All Rights Reserved CREED is a trademark of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Bianca offers Adonis the chance to tell his story. Tessa Thompson stars as Bianca and Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Creed in CREED III A Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures film Photo credit: Eli Ade © 2023 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. All Rights Reserved CREED is a trademark of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.

As a woman, I wonder if this skill is even harder for men to learn? Because it’s hard enough for women. On the surface it may seem like men have more self-confidence than they could possibly ever need, but I feel the truth is they don’t.

In my experience, men are full of bravado, but not always full of self love and confidence. They overcompensate for it, but when it comes right down to it, they need help to gain confidence and ‘get their minds right,’ to paraphrase Rocky Balboa in Creed II.

Once Adonis learns he can release the shame and guilt he feels about the past, he remembers how to believe in himself. And that’s how he wins.

Michael B. Jordan stars as Adonis Creed in CREED III  A Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures film Photo credit: Eli Ade © 2023 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. All Rights Reserved CREED is a trademark of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Getting in the ring for the climactic fight scene. No spoilers! Michael B. Jordan stars as Adonis Creed in CREED III A Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures film Photo credit: Eli Ade © 2023 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. All Rights Reserved CREED is a trademark of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Michael B. Jordan stars as Adonis Creed in CREED III  A Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures film Photo credit: Eli Ade © 2023 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. All Rights Reserved CREED is a trademark of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Michael B. Jordan stars as Adonis Creed in CREED III A Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures film Photo credit: Eli Ade © 2023 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. All Rights Reserved CREED is a trademark of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Sarah Auerswald is the co-Founder and Managing Editor of MomsLA.com.

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