A Solid Sequel With Heart: ‘Creed II’ Spoiler-Free Review
When the first trailer for the sequel to Ryan Coogler’ Creed dropped, I was super excited to see the next chapter in Adonis’ journey, especially with Bianca at his side and with a new edition. Here’s my take on the sequel, Creed II, which recently crossed the $100 million mark at the box office.
The synopsis on IMDB reads, “Under the tutelage of Rocky Balboa, heavyweight contender Adonis Creed faces off against Viktor Drago, son of Ivan Drago.” This movie, directed by Steven Caple Jr. is so much more than just a fight between men with the previous generation’s drama on their backs. Creed II embraces legacy even more so than the first one, fatherhood, and family in ways similar to it Rocky predecessors but with a different vibe.
This film had a lot of heart and emotion that pretty much guaranteed that I didn’t leave the theater dry-eyed. There are multiple scenes that really punch up the emotion. The cast did a really beautiful job bringing the script to life and the cinematography was really nice. Some of my favorite moments in the film are the entries the fighters make into the arenas. The camera angles in combination with the music make you even more excited for the fights you’re about to see.
As for the character dynamics, Michael B. Jordan and Tessa Thompson have a such a great chemistry as Bianca and Adonis. I loved all of their scenes together, whether they were laughing or crying. Minor spoiler, Florian Munteanu, who plays Viktor Drago doesn’t have many lines, but he did deliver emotionally in a quiet yet fierce way when needed. He definitely provided an imposing figure to challenge Adonis. Dolph Lundgren’s return as Ivan Drago was well done and it definitely interesting to see the character with a little more depth and emotion this time around.
We can’t talk about a film in the Rocky universe without talking about Rocky himself. Sylvester Stallone played an aging but wise Rocky again so well from his small rambles to his physical movements. Last, but definitely not least, Phylicia Rashad’s return as Mary Anne Creed brought a nice balance between everyone trying to guide Adonis and the emotion behind it and a strong voice for him to hear. Diving into the Rocky storybook and bringing the Dragos back was a good move and set up a nice ending if Creed II is for some reason the last in the series. The second half of the film is especially strong and delivered a nice emotional and satisfying finish.
I’m giving Creed II a 9 out of 10.
Kira McCall covers entertainment for MFST. She’s a freelance writer and alum of Towson University where she studied advertising, public relations, and creative writing. Follow her on Twitter at cocovanilla45 (GirlsofManyFandoms) and kiramira_.
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