Creed II (2018)

“Listen, why don’t you just turn off your brain and let your heart do the talking.” – Rocky Balboa

Number of Times Seen – 1 (9 Apr 2019)

Brief Synopsis – Adonis Creed is challenged by the son of the man who killed his father causing him to debate whether he wants to fight or not.

My Take on it – as a fan of the Rocky series, I was interested in seeing where this film will take the story.

They do a nice job of continuing the events of the saga especially since it finds a way to brings the storyline back into full swing.

It was great seeing the main characters from Rocky IV (1985) reappear here even after 30 years to try and show how the new generation of fighters deal with the effects of what their fathers did decades earlier.

There are parts of this film that feel as if they are rehashing things from the past, yet they find a way to show them from a different angle which helps us see things from a deeper psychological perspective which is fascinating to watch.

Just like in all of the other Rocky films, they do a wonderful job choreographing the fight scenes in the ring and they are able to give us some great bouts between these powerful pugilists throughout the film.

Sylvester Stallone, wisely takes a further step back in this film yet still finds a way to shine as he once again dons his most famous persona once again and does so quite well even after more than 40 years.

Bottom Line – Very interesting addition to the Rocky saga since it manages to bring things back in full swing.  Great seeing the characters from Rocky IV (1985) reappear after more than 30 years as we get to see how the next generation deals with the actions of their fathers before them. Parts of this film feel like they are rehashing events of the past, yet they find a unique way to put a spin on those events which allow us to see things from a deeper psychological perspective.  As with all Rocky films, the fight scenes are choreographed quite well and allow us to see a few nice pugilistic face offs throughout the film. Stallone once again shines in his iconic role even if he has continued to take a step back from the spotlight. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When Adonis is looking at “archival footage” of Apollo Creed’s death on his tablet, it’s actually unused takes/angles from Rocky IV. This footage initially showed up in one of the TV spots for the film, showing on a TV screen at the restaurant that Adonis and Bianca visit after his championship fight. In the TV spot, the footage was not yet restored, with dirt/debris still present. However, in the final film, the footage has been properly restored and color-timed. Director Steven Caple Jr. even mentioned in a Vanity Fair video that he was given access to raw footage from Rocky IV, albeit in regards to using footage from the Rocky/Drago fight. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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2 thoughts on “Creed II (2018)

  1. I really enjoyed this one, love the Creed films, i actually thought Rocky was dead in the opening scene, it does feel like a ghost scene. I think the whole Drago storyline didn’t make him feel like a villainous or bad fighter either which was nice to see.

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