Creed has pulled off a seemingly impossible task in that what is technically part seven in a series of movies is not only a wholly original work on its own, but a fantastic piece of storytelling and filmmaking. Creed is simultaneously its own work of art and an honoring of the Rocky series.
The film begins when Adonis “Donny” Creed (the illegitimate son of Apollo, the famed fighter from the Rocky movies) is still a child. He finds himself an orphan, both mother and father dead–his father having died before he was born. He fights with others. He has a violent temperament. Throughout his childhood and his adult life, he sees himself as valueless, as someone who came from something great but will never reach those highs by himself. He sets out on a journey of self-discovery and a discovery of self worth.