PFR Weekly: Ryan Coogler Part II – “Creed” (2015) and Deconstructing American Myths

*takes deep breath*LET’S GET READY TO RUMMMMMMBBBBBBBBLLLLLLLLLEEEEEEEEE! The gang is back with Part II of our arc on director Ryan Coogler to go the full twelve rounds talking about Creed (2015). 

Coogler made a jump in terms of budget and scope when he took on the 2015 entry in the long-running Rocky (1976) franchise, but that transition did nothing to dim the considerable filmmaking talents and aptitude for social commentary that we first saw in Fruitvale Station (2013). In taking the Rocky story and re-framing it to be a sports-movie-by-way-of-family-drama with a newfound focus on the Black American experience, Coogler turns Creed into a masterpiece of contemporary American film. Creed takes on the American mythos surrounding masculinity, capitalism, race, and boxing  and inverts much of what we have come to expect from the genre. Jane, Nathan, and Devin commit time to Coogler’s filmmaking, the incredible cast, and what this modern classic represents in terms of a changing cinematic landscape. 

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