Youth Correctional facility. This is where he realizes he wants to change
his life around. Although living in his father’s shadow, he believes
boxing is the way he needs to go.
After searching for a trainer, Donnie travels to Philadelphia
knowing he will find the great Rocky Balboa in his Italian restaurant.
Like many of the trainers represented in boxing movies, Rocky is
reluctant to hop straight back in the boxing scene, especially after all the
traumatic injuries he suffered in the sport. But, like all the other movie
trainers, he agrees to work with Donnie. Similar to the storyline of
Million Dollar Baby, boxing and life are intertwined in this film. Donnie
has to learn the lessons Rocky teaches him: that hard work and
discipline are necessary to become as good in the ring as his father and
his trainer were in their prime. One scene that really sticks in my mind
is when Donnie visits Rocky in the hospital and trains there by running
up the stairs, doing pushups, and shadow boxing. He feels like he can’t
train without Rocky, and Rocky keeps reminding him of the need to
work hard in order to succeed. There’s a feeling of déjà vu when he
brings Donnie to the chicken run and makes him catch one, recalling
what Mickey did to Rocky back in Rocky II. The final scene of Creed
shows Donnie and the now frail Rocky slowly stumbling their way up
the iconic steps in Philadelphia where Rocky trained in the original film.
This shows that even after all is said and done in the ring, their
relationship is everlasting; they will forever feel a connection to one
another similar to Rocky and his connection with Mickey when he was
younger and had lessons to learn. I believe Rocky took this training job
on because he wanted to feel the rush of the sport again, and the movie
shows the love and respect he has for both the sport and his old enemy,
Apollo Creed.
Boxing movies in general have several meanings to them; it’s
not just the struggle of the boxer inside the ring but the struggles they
encounter outside them are far greater. To better understand the
meaning of these movies Grindon writes in relation to master plots,
characterizations, settings, and genre history of boxing (59-66). I think
these things can be seen in all boxing movies and thinking about these
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