Adonis changes his whole life to pursue his dream of being a boxer, which includes moving to Philly to train with Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) himself and getting the father he never had. Through Adonis' decision to chase his father's legacy, Rocky receives a second chance at developing an intimate relationship, a recurring failure throughout the later Rocky films. Simple and sweet, this film teems with masculine love in a way that is unexpectedly soothing. "Creed" also adjusts some of the problems of the Rocky franchise, toning down the white paranoia about dominant black athleticism found in "Rocky 3" while also stopping short of being a movie in which an aged white man finds himself again by helping a young black man. And it hits all of the emotional beats of the Rocky franchise on its own terms, updating the white working-class world of Philadelphia to fit Creed's contemporary come-up. You hear it explicitly on a soundtrack which features Philadelphia rap staples such as Meek Mill and the Roots instead of, say, the cheesy rock of Survivor, and you witness it intensely with Bianca (Tessa Thompson), Adonis' love interest—in effect, his Adrian.