There’s a very strong thread of nostalgia coming through in Blockbuster cinema recently. Not just a sequel or reboot, these films – exemplified by the likes of Spectre, Jurassic World and The Force Awakens – draw from the collective nostalgia surrounding the classics, taking the best bits while reinventing the popular formula for a new generation. Creed follows a similar vein, picking up the wider Rocky “Universe” with the introduction of Apollo Creed’s son (Jordan), now beginning his own underdog journey to become a boxing champ, mentored by the one and only Rocky Balboa (Stallone). After multiple Rocky sequels, with arguably diminishing quality, it’s a wise choice to take a left turn in the franchise, honouring Stallone’s legacy, while bringing in fresh blood (literally) to set it in a new direction. The same dramatic beats are present, but it’s the relationship between Balboa and his protégé that is the heart of this film, preventing the story from slipping too far into mimicry. The fights are brilliantly shot, the emotion is raw, the performances are uniformly strong (Stallone for an Oscar, please), and perhaps most impressively of all, we now have a fighter in Adonis Creed whose career we are keen to see develop.