About the film
Release Date: Nov 29, 2018
Director: Steven Caple Jr
Actors: Tessa Thompson, Michael B. Jordan, Dolph Lundgren, Sylvester StalloneIn CREED II Adonis must face both the past and the future. The Dragos want revenge. Adonis wants to both rewrite history and do right by Bianca. His clash with Drago will be more than just a fight.
Creed II is a meaningful and poignant continuation of the Creed/Rocky films, directed by Steven Caple Jr. (who has made one previous movie feature, a 2016 skateboarding drama called The Land). It’s Rocky sequel comfort food; exactly what you want, executed with amazing finesse.
This time around, Adonis Creed (Michael B Jordan) is riding high as the heavyweight champ, and he decides to ask the fiery independently-minded Bianca (Tessa Thompson – love her) to become his wife (She says yes.) Then, he accepts the challenge of a new, formidable foe, Viktor Drago (played by heavyweight boxer Florian “Big Nasty” Munteanu), son of Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren).
The elder Drago killed Adonis’ father, Apollo in the ring (as seen in the 1985 Rocky IV). Now, he’s pushing his sullen, beefy kid to follow in his thuggish footsteps. Young Adonis’ trainer and surrogate dad Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) doesn’t like the idea of a Creed-Drago ticket one bit, but Adonis feels compelled to accept.
Michael B Jordan gives a vulnerable, emotional performance that solidifies his status as one of Hollywood’s most exciting leading men. And his physical condition is staggeringly impressive.
The film, overall, is handsome-looking and the boxing is very impactful, with the great use of POV camera angles ensuring that we feel each of the punches that are thrown. The extended workout sequence is fantastic.
The whole film is pretty impressive.