Review

With a storyline that reintroduces Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) Creed II is as much a sequel to Rocky IV (1985) as it is to Creed (2015).

Co-written and starring Sylvester Stallone Creed II sticks to pretty much the same formula as its predecessor – big fight, training, pre-match tension and then the final big fight.

Michael B Jordan again reprises his role as Adonis Creed who since the events in 2015 has become the heavyweight champion of the world. T

His success is looked on enviously by Ivan Drago, the boxer who was responsible for killing Adonis’s father Apollo Creed in a boxing match 30 years previously.

Drago, now living in Kiev and haunted by previous defeats and the subsequent breakdown of his marriage to his wife (Bridgette Nielson reprising her role from Rocky IV), has trained his only son Viktor (real life German boxer Florian Munteanu) into the ultimate fighting machine and sees his sons shot at taking the heavyweight championship from Creed as not only a chance for glory for his son but also a chance for redemption for himself.

Blinded by his hatred of the man responsible for his father’s death and against the advice of his mentor Rocky Balboa (Stallone) an underprepared Adonis accepts the challenge of the fight.

Left alone after Rocky walks out on him young Adonis must prepare to defend his title with only his now pregnant wife Bianca (Tessa Thompson, who can not only act but can certainly hold a note when asked to sing) as support.

As in Creed the fights are brutal with the punishment dished out by each boxer unrelenting and there’s plenty of philosophizing, particularly from Balboa who seems to have went from boxer to an all knowing guru.

Creed II’s story has a lot to say about family values and how family is important and it’s pretty obvious from early on that Creed II is Stallone’s - perhaps he realises that he’s getting on in age, he’s now 72 - attempt to pass the “boxing baton” to a younger person, whether we’ll ever see Rocky Balboa again is perhaps up for debate, however one thing is certain this isn’t the last we’ve seen of Adonis Creed, which on the evidence of the last two movies can’t be a bad thing.



Creed II (12A)

2h10m

Director: Steven Caple Jr
Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Wood Harris, Russell Hornsby, Florian "Big Nasty" Munteanu, Andre Ward, Phylicia Rashad, Dolph Lundgren

UK Release: Friday 30th November 2018







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