Creed II: The Highly Anticipated Sequel
By Alina Yamin
Creed II, directed by Steven Caple Jr., has quite the reputation to uphold as it is one of many in the classic “Rocky” series and the sequel to its highly acclaimed predecessor. It is a film about legacy, dignity, love, and definitely lives up to its expectations.
In Creed II, heavyweight champion Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) is challenged by his biggest competition yet --Viktor Drago (Florian Munteanu). Not only is Drago gigantic, incredibly strong, and one of the best fighters in Russia, but his father, Ivan Drago, killed Apollo Creed (Adonis’s father) in a brutal fight many years ago. Creed desperately wants to fight Drago to avenge his father’s death and to bring honor to his family name. However, Creed’s trainer and father figure, as well as one of Apollo’s best friend, Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) does not want Creed to accept the fight. Rocky still feels responsible for Apollo’s death and he knows that the Dragos fight dirty. Because of this, Rocky refuses to train Creed for the fight; as Rocky tells Creed, Drago broke things that “ain’t ever been fixed.” Creed becomes extremely angered at Rocky and breaks off their relationship.
Aside from his upcoming fight, Creed is occupied with his family life. Early in the movie, Creed asks his girlfriend Bianca (Tess Thompson) to marry him. Soon after, the couple finds out that Bianca is pregnant with a baby girl. This adds an extra dimension to the movie, showing Creed’s sensitive side.
Although Creed trains intensely, he loses his fight to Drago. This occurs right when Creed’s daughter is born. Creed is severely injured and devastated by the loss and becomes distant from his new family. Bianca tells Rocky, “It’s like nothing really matters to him right now, including me.” When discussing Jordan’s acting, Caple states, “[He has moments in this film] where he’s really vulnerable, and I really wanted to showcase that. I didn’t want to make him, like, super-tough — especially coming off Killmonger — and he was just open to it all.” Creed, however, quickly bounces back physically and mentally and declares that he will fight Drago once more. Rocky and Creed resolve their issues, and Rocky agrees to train Creed for this fight. Together, they go to the desert and train Creed harder than ever, which is shown through great training montages similar to the iconic “Rocky” montages.
The second fight is one of the most epic fights in the “Rocky” chronicles. It is dramatic, fierce, and suspenseful. It was authentic and appeared unbelievably real due to the filmmakers’ special effects. It included the classic “Rocky” theme song, which adds to the intensity and excitement of the fight.
Creed II opened with a $35.2 million Friday-Sunday and $55.8 million Wednesday-Sunday debut. It is now the biggest opening weekend ever for a live action movie on Thanksgiving weekend. It is also the biggest opening for a sports movie. These statistics suggest that there will be another “Creed” and the “Rocky” series will continue on.
Creed II is full of family drama, incredibly shot footage, and best of all, Michael B. Jordan. It is very difficult to create a move that deserves a spot alongside the other “Rocky” films, but Caple does an excellent job.
Director: Steven Caple, Jr.
Screenplay By: Sylvester Stallone and Cheo Hodari Coker
Release Date: November 21, 2018
Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, and Tess Thompson
Duration: 2 hours 10 minutes