There have been two great uses of the athletic progress montage that I have seen this year, both undercutting the usual story of forward momentum always building towards something better. In Results this was done by playing the montage out further than you normally would to show that what might seem like progress is more cyclical. In Creed you have the big preparing for the final fight montage intercut with Rocky’s cancer treatment. If you had any doubt about where all of this would end the weakness and mortal state of the once great Rocky will set you straight. Really powerful stuff. This is not a perfect film, but it is such a great example of someone making something interesting while still staying within the Hollywood expectations.