Creed II (Movie Review)
Oscar Rendon | St. Louis, MO | November 24th, 2018
Creed II is the follow up to the critical success of Creed. Creed II stars Michael B. Jordan (Black Panther), Sylvester Stallone (Rocky), Tessa Thompson (Thor: Ragnarok), Dolph Lundgren (Arrow), Phylicia Rashad (Creed), and Florian Munteanu. The film is directed by Steven Caple Jr. and written by Sylvester Stallone.
Creed II picks up a few years after where Creed left off. The character of Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) is vaulted into a situation where he is challenged by Viktor Drago son of Ivan Drago, the man who killed his father in the boxing ring. A lot of this film is built upon the characters history with each other that has existed since the Rocky franchise. The story is what you sort of expect with a Creed/Drago face-off. The film is more about the development of all the characters even the Drago’s leading up to the big fight. There aren’t any huge performances to look out for, they mostly quiet and subtle which I think give the emotional beats that much more of an impact. Sylvester Stallone’s performance is the one that has it’s own conclusion and arc throughout the movie. Steven Caple Jr’s direction is very apparent and different from Ryan Coogler’s. His style lends itself to this story and the fights are always a highlight. The fights in this film are well choreographed and you forget it’s a film and you believe it’s an actual fight. Tessa Thompson doesn’t have much to do in this film, but she still has some good emotional beats that drive Creed’s journey further and to a full circle. Overall, you’ll enjoy the character development of your favorite characters. You get some wonderful resolutions to the stories each character has and the fights are fun and suspenseful to watch. You feel a part of the crowd watching the fight live or on ppv. Steven Caple Jr does a great job directing and putting his own stamp in the Rocky franchise.