Ring the bell: ‘Creed’ is the ‘Rocky’ movie we’ve been craving (Our grade: B+)

This photo provided by Warner Bros. Pictures shows, Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Johnson in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures', Warner Bros. Pictures' and New Line Cinema's drama "Creed," a Warner Bros. Pictures release. (Barry Wetcher/Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)

This photo provided by Warner Bros. Pictures shows, Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Johnson in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’, Warner Bros. Pictures’ and New Line Cinema’s drama “Creed,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. (Barry Wetcher/Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)

Throughout the exceptionally enjoyable “Creed,” essentially the seventh movie in the “Rocky” franchise — and the best one since the original — you keep expecting to hear the bell, the bong-bong-bong from Bill Conti’s rightfully iconic 1976 score, amping up the drama as the titular boxer straps on his gloves.

But no, it never comes, perhaps because “Creed” is a movie about getting out of family’s long shadow, about figuring out how to negotiate one’s past while shaping one’s future. It is also about punching. Lots of beautifully shot punching.

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