Creed 2 Review: Not Exactly a Knockout


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Rocky Balboa and Adonis Creed are back for “Creed 2”, fighting against Viktor Drago, son of Ivan Drago from the previous “Rocky” series.

Shawyan Rooein, Backpage Editor

Sequel to the original “Rocky” movie series and 2015’s “Creed”, “Creed 2” is sure to be a thrill for those who loved the first movie but may be a let down in some areas for those attached to the original “Rocky” franchise.

Grossing about $62 million opening week, the film was led by director Steven Caple Jr. with actor and producer Sylvester Stallone adding his touch along the way according to The daily Box Office. The film began filming in March through July and was released November 21, 2018 with many eager fans awaiting the sequel.

Again under the mentorship of Rocky Balboa (Stallone), Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) faces off against Viktor Drago (Florian Munteanu), son of Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren), who infamously killed Apollo Creed and was later defeated by Rocky Balboa in “Rocky 4.” In light of the potential behind the story that relives one of the biggest fights in the “Rocky” series, “Creed 2” could have been executed better.

Disappointing for fans like myself, “Creed 2” uses the same formula as the “Rocky” series with various setbacks, long training montages and a big fight scene in the end. The story itself was interesting with the backstory of Ivan Drago after his loss but could have been developed more, especially considering the tension between Balboa and Ivan Drago.

Despite lacking in the some parts of the story with the underdevelopment of characters like Bianca, Creed’s fiancee, as she battles a hearing disorder, and an underdeveloped relationship behind Drago and his son, the cinematography will be sure to wow those who loved the thrilling actions shots and fight scenes in the original. With trademark long takes and hard-hitting punches—that the actors trained for without stunt doubles—the fight scenes will be sure to impress viewers.

Overall, the movie lacks in its ability to convey the story but on the whole is a visually excellent movie with an average, cliche story. 7/10.