Creed II Is a Complete Knockout!
December 5, 2018
As the eighth edition to the iconic 1976 Rocky movie franchise, there was extremely high anticipation for Creed II. However, movie-goers still had a lingering concern: Would Creed II live up to the legendary Rocky standards?
After the November 21st premiere, fans no longer needed to worry. The movie was a knockout.
Starring Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone, the movie follows the story of Adonis Creed, an up-and-coming boxer played by Jordan, and his trainer Rocky, a veteran boxing champion played by Stallone.
Though the movie provides all the context necessary to understand the plot, Creed II is truly a monumental film for any Rocky fan, providing closure to many of the unresolved conflicts from the previous movies.
Picking up a few years after where Creed I ends, the film begins with Adonis Creed becoming the “Boxing Heavyweight Champion of the World”.
While the excitement from a championship did seem thrilling, the real excitement for Creed, and for everyone watching, was when he proposed to longtime girlfriend Bianca (Tessa Thompson) and later found out they were going to have a child.
The peak of Creed’s happiness quickly comes crashing down, however, after a certain boxer challenges him to a match of existential significance.
Creed’s father, Apollo Creed, was an even more famous boxer. In Rocky IV, Apollo died in the ring, at the hands of Russian boxer Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren), preventing Creed from ever meeting his father.
Rocky, who was practically brothers with Apollo, had then challenged and defeated Drago. Though he had won in Apollo’s honor, Rocky could never forgive himself for failing to end the fight early and save his friend’s life.
In Creed II, Rocky’s dreaded Russian nemesis returns with a proposition of epic proportions.
Drago challenges Adonis Creed to battle his son Viktor Drago (Florian Munteanu), who is clearly much bigger and stronger.
Despite Rocky’s and everyone else’s reluctance, Adonis cannot refuse the opportunity to avenge his father’s name and takes up the challenge.
Though the film is about a boxer, its main focus is about the challenges of sacrificing certain things for loved ones and knowing, in all aspects of life, what you’re fighting for. As for the fight, Creed II ends with a truly thrilling finale, (and of course, with Rocky’s iconic music playing in the background).