TL;DR – A charming story with interesting characters, let down a bit by some technical issues.
Score – 3 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is a mid-credit scene
Over the last couple of years, I have discovered that I really enjoy a good
sports film. There are the great highs, and deep lows, as great talent is on
display. Today we are looking for a film out of Hong Kong about the world of
MMA and the struggle to be the best, based on the life of Dixin Xiong.
So to set the scene, we open with Bunny (Yiu-Sing Lam) as he rushed from work
to an underground fight ring. He is asked by his friend to throw the match, but
that is not something he can do. Upsetting a bookie, Bunny has to lie low so he
goes back home, where he left on not great terms. As he walks in his brother
Jack (Edward Ma) is give a press conference as he is about to fight Jason Chan
(Jason Li) whose arm Jack broke last time they fought. There is a lot of
tension because even though their adoptive father Eric (Eric Kot) and his
sister Simo (Qiu Yuen) are happy to see Bunny, Jason is not.
TL;DR – While it may tread along a path that is a bit predictable, the commitment of the actors and the emotion make it a must-see film.
Score – 4.5 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
Back in 2015, I didn’t really have any great desire to go see the first Creed film, a spin-off of a long-running boxing series that had felt like it was running out of steam didn’t seem like an enjoyable time in a world where remake after remake was getting greenlit. However, some people that I trust called me on my reluctance and really recommended it, so reluctantly I went and soon discovered how wrong I was. It was a beautiful film of struggle and triumph, fighting when no one believes in you, and how we battle both are internal and external demons. It was the film that immediately put Michael B.Jordan, Tessa Thompson, and Ryan Coogler on my radar of performers to watch out for and ended up on my Top 10 Films of 2015list. So when I heard they were doing a sequel I was incredibly excited, when I heard Ryan was not directing or writing it, I got a little concerned, but now I have seen it once again I should have known better.
TL;DR – Wow what a surprize, did not see that coming, one of my movies of the year.
Score – 4.5 out of 5 stars
So cards on the table, I was not planning to go see Creed. I never really watch the Rocky films, they were always a little before my time and didn’t get the same reruns on TV like movies such as Die Hard. That being said, I know most of the main plot points through clips here and there, impersonations and parodies etc. So not seeing any of the others, combined with it being a sports film, a genre I don’t generally like and the last movie I saw Michael B Jordan in Fantastic Four (see review), his acting was so wooden he could give Chris Pine a run for his money, was a perfect storm of meh, can’t be bothered. But a number of people recommended it to me, and I am glad they did because boy was I wrong. Continue reading →