Once the turkey and all the fixin’s have been cleared from the table and you’ve eaten the extra piece of pie you swore you wouldn’t eat there is only one thing left to do: Go to the movies.
Is it one of the biggest family days of the year? You bet it is. But here’s the thing… Hollywood has no chill whatsoever. There are just too many movies coming out that you can’t afford to miss.
Entering the box office holiday frey this week are three more franchise starters, all of which are the perfect digestif for the 5000 calorie lunch you ate today.
WHAT’S IT ABOUT: The former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson, the son of his late friend and former rival Apollo Creed.
From the opening notes of Bill Conti’s brilliant score to the original Rocky, I told myself that I was all in on this franchise. How could you not be?
Rocky: the greatest underdog story of all time
Rocky II: Not the original, but one of the more solid sequels.
Rocky III: Maybe the most enjoyable sequel of all time
Rocky IV: Rocky ends the Cold War
Rocky V: Didn’t Happen
Rocky Balboa: I’ve come to believe this is what Rocky V should have been and he fights a guy named Mason ‘The Line’ Dixon. I saw this in the theaters twice.
And now, we birth another franchise that is custom built to be a classic. Rocky transitions from boxer to trainer to guide the career of the son of his greatest opponent in Creed. The star of the film is Michael B. Jordan– star of two of shows with the most rabid of fanbases, The Wire and Friday Night Lights. Regardless of the final box office numbers, this movie is destined to be a classic. It is comprised only of elements audiences are predisposed to cheer for. I don’t think anyone would mind if you skipped out on Thanksgiving Night football to go see this one.
ALSO OPENING THIS WEEK:
THE GOOD DINOSAUR
WHAT’S IT ABOUT: An epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend.
WHAT’S IT ABOUT: Told from Igor’s perspective, we see the troubled young assistant’s dark origins, his redemptive friendship with the young medical student Viktor Von Frankenstein, and become eyewitnesses to the emergence of how Frankenstein became the man – and the legend – we know today.