Michael B Jordan returns in the third installment of the reimagining of the Rocky tale. Adonis Creed, son of Apollo Creed from Rocky 2, has conquered the world of boxing. He owns his own gym where he trains champions, he has a loving wife and daughter, and he has retired from the ring as a champion. He is content with his life until an unexpected friend returns from jail with the intent to take “everything” from Adonis.

Jordan steps behind the camera for the first time and truly does a knockout job. The subtle anime influences are hard to miss by those who enjoy the medium. The choreography is absolutely superb; it has been quite some time since fight scenes have been THIS awesome. The audio track for each punch thrown and landed adds an incredible amount of immersion into the film, so much so that it almost feels like the viewer is on the other end of each punch. Say what you will of his acting career but Michael B Jordan is a stupendous director.

Creed III held another not-so-secret weapon in the form of Jonathan Majors. Majors brings a certain amount of heart and realism to the movie. A fair amount of Black men have a friend like Major’s character “Dame” who our mommas told us not to fool with. Jonathan carried that persona on his shoulders even while still performing with the heart that we’re used to. The on-screen chemistry between Jordan and Majors in intense and unrelenting.

The film as a whole is absolutely amazing, and I don’t say that often. Even at this moment, I have very few critiques. I actually can’t wait to watch it again. Creed III is, hands down, the best Rocky movie and we all ought to be looking out for more films directed by Michael B Jordan.