Creed Review (No Spoilers)

Alright guys,
So I had no intention to go and watch Creed, I'm not really a fan of sports related films - I could just about swallow dodgeball. Honestly, the only reason I went is because I hadn't been cinema since star wars and was starting to get with drawl...

Disclaimer:
I've seen all of the rocky films at some point in my life but didn't absorb them religiously.

What I expected was a boxing film featuring rocky but what it ended up being was a Rocky film featuring the human torch. Obviously the point of the film was to build upon an existing Rocky story line but I couldn't shake the feeling this film had too much rocky? 
Not that I can't appreciate a bit of Salvester Stallon but it was just some unnecessary character development. Creed was meant to be a new direction with new characters, almost breaking off from the previous rocky films; just felt like it was being anchored down. 

So I've had a rant about the plot, now it's time for the directing. It felt a bit sloppy, characters came in and out when they were needed becoming predictable and some scenes dragged. 

What I'm about to say may shock you but it was actually a good film. 
The cinematography was exceptional, action shots used in the exact right places and although a bit over the top, lighting in the main action sequences were perfectly timed.

I'm torn with this film because I can appreciate it, just wasn't blown away by it.
A more Rocky orientated person would have gone mad over it but for me, it was only a 6.9 / 10

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