Now Showing: Creed 2

by David Gifford

 

Creed 2is the sequel to Creed, which was a reboot of the Rocky franchise focusing on Apollo Creed’s son Adonis Creed. 

Creed 2is directed by Steven Caple Jr. (The Land) and it stars Michael B. Jordan (Black Panther) as Adonis Creed, Sylvester Stallone (Rambo) as Rocky, and Florian Munteanu (Bogat) as Viktor Drago. The story follows Adonis Creed, who has won multiple matches since his fight in the previous film. He eventually gains the title belt, but the son of the man who killed his father (Viktor) has come to the states to fight him.

My complaint about Creed 2is that it is about as predictable as the sun rising in the morning. As soon as events near the middle of the film happen, you know how the rest of the movie will play out. Not that it really harms the film, as boxing movies have a formula, but it is something to keep in mind when watching.

The movie’s strongest points are still its script and writing. The writing is as good as it was in the original film. While the movie strongly focuses on a boxer, it really is a drama that most anyone can relate to. He gets the opportunity he has always dreamed of, but it as it seems. No matter how well off your life seems, you will struggle at times. Creed 2 follows characters who feel real, without ever going too far into melodrama. The motivations make sense, and you really care about the character stories that happen as the film unfolds.

The great boxing scenes are highlighted by some good camera work. The fighter’s entrances and the enthusiasm of the crowd make this an energetic film. The punches resonate and make you glad you aren’t a boxer. The soundtrack is filled with new takes on iconic music. When you hear the music kick in you know exactly what time it is. The film has a similar feeling to the later Rocky sequels (no, not the abysmal movie Rocky 5). 

Overall, Creed 2is exactly what you expect it to be. If you liked the first one, you won’t walk away from this one unhappy. It really does cover a lot of the same ground, but it makes the characters go in directions I wasn’t expecting. I recommend seeing this movie in the theater and give it an 8/10.

 

David Gifford is a college student, a sales rep for The Mountain Echoand a gaming and movie enthusiast. Check out his podcast: Reasonably Reel.