Director: Steven Caple Jr.
Writer/s: Cheo Hodari Coker, Sascha Penn (story by), Ryan Coogler (characters), Sylvester Stallone, Juel Taylor (screenplay by)
Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, Dolph Lundgren, Florian Munteanu, Russell Hornsby, and more.
Three years have passed since the first Creed came out and if I remember right, many people were cautious of the film. A spin-off of a dearly beloved and legendary film series, “Rocky”, “Creed” wowed critics and became a near instant fan favorite of the public.
Fast-forward to present day and we have “Creed II”, ready to go another round with the box office and unlike the first time around, expectations are sky high. Personally, I must say, expectations are indeed high.
“Under the tutelage of Rocky Balboa, light heavyweight contender Adonis Creed faces off against Viktor Drago, son of Ivan Drago.”
If I will be one hundred percent honest, I did not think the sequel would do as well as the first for me. The quality and technical elements of the first were outstanding. It was easy to see why it was up for so many big time awards. Although I do not feel “Creed II” hits the same quality standard that “Creed” reached, this sequel is a rocket of entertainment. From the start, I was not only invested in the story of Creed and Balboa but also the story of the Drago’s. The battle, the drama, the training… It is a classic Rocky film with our favorite boxer just a bit out of the spotlight but with the new star shining bright, Adonis Creed.
The performances of “Creed II” were outstanding from Michael B. Jordan down to the subtlest supporting role. Everyone brings their A game for this sequel. Without a doubt, Jordan, Stallone, and Thompson are rock solid. I mostly want to bring light to the supporting roles like Phylicia Rashad and Florian Munteanu. Miss Phylicia is a pivotal piece of Adonis’ life, much moreso than she played in the first Creed. Florian Munteanu is a powerhouse as Viktor Drago. Both physically and performance wise. Michael B. Jordan showed great appreciation and respect to Florian transitioning straight into an acting job. Even in his few spoken moments of the film, I felt what Viktor Drago was fighting for and what the battle meant for him. Truly impressive.
This sequel followed suit in comparison to the first film besides what I mentioned before in the means of this one lacking the same production quality as the first. Guess I can say it was missing the Coogler effect. Beyond that, if I could target any other negative aspect of the film, I could say that with any boxing movie comes a predictable timeline of events. But, let us save that kind of criticism for a critic who would let that affect their rating.
“Creed II”, once again, was an electric time. Hard-hitting entertainment from start to finish. The drama was investing and the action was in your face and intense. I had an absolute great time watching “Creed II”. It is on par with the first and I do not want these films to stop anytime soon. Michael B. Jordan remains to be one of my favorite actors doing it right now. Go see the film folks, lovers of the old Rocky films and lovers of this new age style are surely to enjoy this.
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