When I watched Creed for the second time I was blown away by the movie’s simple but impactful story. It set up the story for Adonis Creed, son of deceased boxer Apollo Creed, and when I heard there was going to be a sequel I was ecstatic. And then when I saw the trailer and found out his next opponent was going to be Ivan Drago’s son, Viktor Drago I was even more thrilled. I missed getting to see it in the movie theaters but yesterday I saw it was available to watch digitally so I watched it and I am proud to say, I enjoyed it.
Some people say Creed II is the greatest film in this franchise and I definitely disagree. It’s not better than Rocky III or even Rocky IV, for that matter, but it is a worthy addition to this story.
The film’s only fault is its lack of originality. It follows the same beats of Rocky III through and through while also resolving the decades-old rivalry between the Creed and Drago families. But what it lacks in original storytelling it makes up for with emotional impact.
If you’ve never seen Rocky IV then you won’t understand the importance of this film. This movie is solely made for those who know this franchise backward and forward.
There’s an intensity to this movie that’ll have any Rocky fan wide-eyed and mute. Between the revived rivalry between Rocky Balboa and Ivan Drago to the new age rivalry between Adonis Creed and Viktor Drago, this movie sets a high bar on the emotional level.
Time and time again this film throws punches at your emotions as if the film is determined to make you cry and believe me, I cried a lot during the second half of the film.
I also love that this movie took the time to give a heartfelt story to the Dragos as well. They’re not just the antagonists of the film. They are fighting for something just as important as Creed; redemption, making them all the more dangerous.
And don’t even get me started with Adonis and Bianca’s relationship. Let the waterworks commence.
My Conclusion of the Film
This movie is truly a love letter to Sylvester Stallone and his legacy with these films. Sylvester Stallone is old now and his role in these movies is coming to an imminent end. In actuality, Creed II is less about the showdown between Adonis Creed and Viktor Drago and more about the passing of the torch between Balboa and Creed.
Rocky’s story is officially over and now it’s Creed’s time. If there are future films he will no longer be a presence in these movies which is a bit saddening but a realistic notion. And, because this isn’t a spoiler review I can’t go into great detail about what I’m going to say next, but I have a strong feeling that we are going to see the franchise feature, for the first time, the story of a female boxer.
Like I said before, this is a spoiler-free review but one day I’ll explain why I think this and yeah, it’s going to blow you away. *thumbs up*
So, while this film followed the classic formula of a Rocky film it still managed to wow me with its heartfelt storylines and powerful performances. I’d give Creed II 89 out of a 100 and 4 out of 5 stars. It isn’t perfect but it is very good and worthy of a B+ score.
If you watch this film for the first time have the tissues ready because it’s going to pull at the heartstrings hard.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have an amazing day.