While Creed II seems to mark yet another familiar installment in the classic Rocky/Creed franchise, there’s just so much to love about this film. At the heart of the story, we find Michael B. Jordan (Adonis Creed), as he becomes a boxing sensation and clenches the world championship—but is then publicly challenged by Victor Drago, son of Ivan Drago— the very boxer who accidentally killed his father Apollo Creed in the ring 30 years earlier.
As you’ve probably already guessed, and against good counsel, Adonis accepts the challenge, his ego gets the best of him, which sets the scene for a brutal beating in the ring by Victor Drago.
Beyond its epic fight scenes, it’s what happens in between that drives the film. The elements of personal legacy as a man, a fighter and a now a new father gives the Adonis character newfound depth. The chemistry between Michael B. Jordan and Tessa Thompson in the role of Bianca, his pregnant fiancé is refreshing. And the camaraderie between Adonis and Rocky, who sort of mumbles inspirational catchphrases throughout the film is truly endearing.
The return of shared nemesis Dolph Lundgren, in the role of Ivan Drago, (as he fought both Apollo Creed and Rocky Balboa), and a fun cameo from Brigitte Nielsen for your veteran Rocky fans, expands on the story line and adds just the right amount of drama. In the end, history repeats itself and the anticipated big match happens in (of course of all places) Russia. This time around, Adonis, as a sort of now underdog equiped with a new reason to fight, enters the ring to face his greatest demons—and we all go for the ride— and a great time at the movies.
Creed II Open today November 21, 2018 at theaters near you.