By Adeline Dechaud
One step. One punch. One round at a time.
As you guys might already know after having read everyone’s SCAB, one of our assignments was to watch a movie we would have never considered watching before.
I was lucky enough to not even have to think about it, as it was imposed on me to watch something I never would have even considered not considering watching – the boxing spectacular, Creed.
Born in one of the most stereotyped countries and raised by a huge fan of the most clichéd blockbuster Rocky, I knew straight away I was in for a treat.
As boring as I thought it was going to be, I still watched it with a curious eye and picked up things in which I either found sense, similarities to my personal experiences and even some to the how-people-love-to-call-it “Ad-land”.
I am going to write spoilers from start to end but I won’t explain it all. Here’s the synopsis if you need it. Please keep reading, you’re not missing anything on this movie. Trust me.
No.1: You have to start from the bottom to get to the top.
Adonis Johnson is serving some time in a L.A. youth facility when Apollo Creed’s widow – who he absolutely never heard of before – comes to give him a visit to tell him – after years of absolute no news – that she’d be keen to take him in.
Just a few minutes before, Adonis was having a random fight with some random guys.
And now, he’s the son of one of the best boxers in the world and is going to leave a youth facility to live in a huge palace.
No.2: No doesn’t necessarily mean no.
Rocky Balboa told him to go dance on a donkey’s back in the country of Oompa Loompas, he’d never come back to the coaching game again.
But this wasn’t enough to stop our hero and he kept fighting until he got there. Because he knew Rocky would be the best to train him.
When you know, you know. And as I just already said, he knew.
No.3: Hard work beats talent.
Adonis hardly knows how to box. The only thing he’s done since he was a teenager was reproducing all his dad’s moves he kept watching on screen. You call that boxing? I call that a cliché of “he’s the future underdog of boxing”. And what do we know about underdogs? They train and try harder until they reach their goal.
No.4: Make your own name in the game, fella.
It’s painful to say this but, it is true that during the whole movie you understand that a name can change a lot of things.
It is probably – definitely – because he is Creed’s son that Rocky agrees to train him. Which, thanks to his own hard work, brought him to fight against one of the best. But the reason why one of the best agreed to fight against him, was just to get his own name beating Creed’s in the newspapers.
But in the end, Creed’s not the one winning the final fight.
Which made me think: having a name in the how-people-love-to-call-it “Ad-land” will not make people win the final fights if they haven’t trained more then the unknown others.
In the end, name or no name, it is how you fight to win that matters.
Final lesson I took was from Rocky’s quote: One step. One punch. One round at a time.
I don’t think I need to explain this metaphor, do I?