Fortunately Creed is a fantastic movie, it not perfect no movie it but it comes together very well and is executed very well on all fronts. Starting with the cast Michael B Jordan is great as Adonis "Donny" Creed showing the conflict in his character as he reconciles never knowing his father, wanting to follow in his footsteps but also wanting to carve out his own legacy. Sylvester Stallone returns as Rocky Balboa giving a tremendous performance that is receiving Oscar buzz. Then there is Tessa Thompson as Bianca, Creed's love interest who is a great character. She is a bit under utilized at the end but nonetheless a solid performance and a character who developed and not defined by Adonis.
Admittedly the plot is a bit cliché, Adonis Creed wants to follow his father's footsteps, meets Rocky who decides to train him. He has to train, does some boxing etc. etc. its not super original but its very well done. The highlight of the movie for me is the Rocky Adonis dynamic and the surrogate family that is created between Rocky, Adonis and Bianca that comes together through the movie. Rocky had everything and in a way lost everything, his wife is dead, his son does not live in Philly but he finds a new family is Adonis and Bianca and something new to live for in training Adonis. Like wise Adonis has his inner conflict in defining himself and finds this new surrogate family and Support system with Bianca and Rocky. Bianca has a bit of an arc as well and great challenge to overcome and reconcile but this is unfortunately put on the back burner around the third act.