Creed II is a 2018 Drama/Sport film starring Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Dolph Lundgren and Florian Munteanu. It is directed by Steven Caple Jr., mostly known for A Different Tree and The Land. A synopsis for this film via IMDb reads: “Years after Adonis Creed made a name for himself under Rocky Balboa’s mentorship, the young boxer becomes the Heavyweight Champion of the World. While life is good with that victory and his marriage to Bianca, trouble comes to Philadelphia when Ivan Drago, the Russian boxer who killed Adonis’ father, Apollo, arrives with his son, Viktor, to challenge Adonis. Against Rocky’s advice, Adonis accepts the challenge without his mentor’s participation and pays the price in a punishing bout he wins only by a technicality. Now injured and demoralized, Adonis cannot bring himself to back into the game, leaving his spirit and title in jeopardy. Together, Adonis’ family and Rocky must find a way to rekindle Adonis’ fighting spirit to face the future in whatever choice he makes. Meanwhile, the Drago family have its own troubles trying to regain the respect in their homeland that they lost at Rocky’s hands as they wonder whether is it truly worth it.”
I would like to start off my review by saying that this is a superb film to watch, it is the motivational kind of movie that we all need to watch when we doubt ourselves. The story is so well written and depicted that it makes time fly away, while enjoying it. I really liked this cinema piece, as the characters were well defined and dependent on each other. The story could not have developed if Viktor and Ivan Drago and Rocky Balboa weren’t in this film. The fights (and there were plenty) were great, but the movie was much more than about the fights. It was about family, loss, motivation, legacy, and the part that really touched me was the focus on the relationship between fathers and sons. Dolph Lungdren and Florian Munteanu were the perfect choices for the villains, but unlike most films, in this one you see the loss that the villains endured and what shapes them. I couldn’t help but feel for them a little too – particularly the son. What I also enjoyed was the fact that Rocky was portrayed as a wise man and the perfect coach for Adonis, and this film could have easily been more about Rocky and his rivalry with Ivan Drago, but the director knew exactly what dosage to use to portray this ‘rocky’ relationship. I really can’t find anything about this movie, even the soundtrack was perfect. I was proud to see a Romanian actor, Florian Munteanu, who plays Viktor Drago, having such an important role, and I believe he played his part flawlessly.
On the whole, Creed II is the motivational film you need to watch this winter. I know I’ll definitely watch it again sometime soon. If I were to rate it I would give it a 9 out of 10. In my books it is definitely better than the first film, story wise, as the stakes are higher now. Creed II is now at the cinema worldwide. If you want to have a sneak-peak here’s the official trailer:
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