Creed II

 (9,453)7.12 h 9 min2018X-Ray16+
The next chapter in the Adonis Creed story follows his life inside and outside of the ring as he deals with new found fame, issues with his family, and his continuing quest to become a champion. Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone star.
Steve Caple Jr.
Michael B. JordanSylvester StalloneTessa Thompson
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WU.Reviewed in the United States on March 19, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
The "Sharknado" of boxing movies.
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Next in this series is: "Lil' Rocky" (starring Rocky's grandson)
Plot: Lil' rocky is having a tough time in first grade, bullies everywhere yelling "Your grandpa is a washed out, good-for-nothing has-been!". Visibly hurt, Lil' Rocky replies, "no! gwanpa gwocky was the gweatest!" (note: Lil' Rocky has a speech impediment, for added drama.)

Soon, the bullying turns physical, the playground becomes a minefield of hostilities (note: "Welcome to the Jungle" by GnR plays in the background as Lil' goes through the double doors into "the yard"). Battered and bruised, Lil' goes home crying where grandpa Rocky gives him a pseudo-emotional, metaphorical speech relating life to boxing and the fighting spirit (but Lil' doesn't get it, he's a first grader for God sakes! But whatever...)

Motivated, Lil' Rocky stands up for himself against the bullies in "the yard". He gets licked. Badly. By a cholito nicknamed "El Charrrito". By this point, Lil' can't even...

Next, Lil' goes crying back to Grandpa Rocky's restaurant, where grandpa tells him that if he wants to walk with his head held high, he's going to have to learn how to fight; he's going to have to make a change of scene, you know, get tough!. So he takes him on a trip to Camden, New Jersey, where Rocky Balboa sets small rodents loose inside a pet store and tells Lil' "if you can catch chinchilla you can roll your Rrrrrs...." Lil' gets fast, he gets crazy good. He looks...hungry, happy-meal hungry.

The following week, when "El Charrito" tries to get all "TSA" with Lil', the tables are turned. A ring of first-graders forms around them, some vaccinated, some not, and the fight is on. Three jabs, a cross, and two hooks later, "El Charrito is lying on his back looking up at Lil' who is standing akimbo, all superhero-like, and tells him: "Eh loco, we were only playing, we'll leave you alone now", to which Lil' replies, "My name is Rrrrrrocky!" (cue the inspirational music, and tears. Credits roll)

In other words, this movie is a last-ditch effort to resurrect a genre that long ago exhausted every penny in its drama coffers. I was almost tempted to say it's Sci-Fi bad, but that would be a disservice to Sci-Fi, whose Sharknado movie is a masterpiece compared to this. At least it had the sense not to take itself seriously.

Creed 2 is predictable, badly edited, flat, and acted atrociously. It seems not even the actors could find enough depth to get in character, they had that vacant look in their eyes most commonly associated with those who know they've made a mistake but signed a contract and now must go through with it.

Wait a little bit and watch it for free, they'll play it on Comedy central soon enough.
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Logain UT AblarReviewed in the United States on November 18, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Okay, but...
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I have mixed feelings about Creed II. In it's own right, it's not a bad film. But when looking at this film in the context of the Rocky film series, it didn't do it for me. First, the positives.

Casting and acting
Michael B. Jordan is a really good actor in general. He does a good job in Creed II as Adonis Creed. There are moments when he strongly reminds me of Carl Weathers as Apollo Creed and I'm sure this is totally intentional. Apollo had a old school swagger that was iconic for his era and Carl Weathers displayed that swagger masterfully in Rocky 1-4 (also see: Jim Kelly in Enter the Dragon as another example or even Carl Weathers in his bit part in episode 1 of The Mandalorian). Adonis has a bit of it in him except, modernized which obviously makes total sense due to the context. It's just that Michael B. Jordan captured that really well. It's an example to attention to detail that a some actors simply don't capture well. Tessa Thompson (Bianca) with Michael B. Jordan are a great on-screen pairing and a believable couple. I'm a bit biased though because I've always been a huge fan of strong displays of Black love. This liking is made even easier when Adonis Creed's mom is Phylicia Rashad. She's is a fantastic actress today as she was over 30 years ago on Cosby (the scene at the dining room table and the baby prediction is fantastic). She actually looks almost exactly the same too.

Silvester Stallone is still classic Stallone. You have to feel for Rocky considering his journey as he has truly become Mick at this point bringing the story full circle. Yes, although the film is called Creed, it still has the unmistakable mark of Rocky all over it. I've seen Dolph Lundgren in many other films over the years and he never really fit in any of them. But he does a good job in Creed II mainly because he's allowed to actually act a bit more with a more grounded role than in the other films I've seen him in over the last couple of years. It's not a major role but it is relevant. Context matters and seeing Florian Mountenau as the son of Ivan Drago is believable as well. That guy is a monster, but then again, so was his dad in Rocky IV.

Overall, the music was okay. Again I'm a bit biased in this regard going in the opposite direction because I fell out of love with hip hop years ago. When we live in an age when Kanye West is bragging about being the greatest artist ever, you know something is very wrong with hip hop in general. I did like Bianca's music though. It was giving me strong Rihanna vibes at times. The song she sang just before the final match was awesome and a great way for her to be by Adonis's side representing, as opposed to just sitting in the front row as he walked in. Speaking of which, I absolutely love the fact that Bianca actually has talent, dreams and goals of her own. Unlike the wives in Rocky 1-4 which seemed to just be the housewife of a fighter and that's it. Women with depth and grit are my weakness but I digress.

So, with all of these great things going for it, why is Creed II only 3* ? Glad you asked.

I still feel Creed II is a totally unnecessary sequel. Even though the film has its moments, I still felt that way when the credits rolled. Think about it. Apollo Creed died in the ring fighting Ivan Drago in Rocky IV. There is absolutely no way Adonis was going to die in the ring fighting Viktor Drago. This makes the film incredibly predictable. Creed II is totally film making-by-numbers. Adonis wins the belt becoming champion, fights Viktor and gets his behind spanked but keeps the belt because Viktor is disqualified for a late hit ala Roy Jones Jr. With the help of Rocky, Adonis adopts a brutal training regiment, flies to Russia and beats Viktor Drago. The End. So much of Creed II is inspired by Rocky III and Rocky IV that it damages a lot of the positives. This leads to the other problems I have with Creed II. Lack of emotional impact and the pacing isn't good at all.

For example, in Rocky IV (one of the best in the series), the pacing and storytelling are excellent. When Apollo dies, the director takes time to show Rocky reflect on this with his night time drive in his car. Reminiscing about the past with Apollo, with "No Easy Way Out" by Robert Tepper playing in the scene. It was very powerful and very memorable even after 30 years. The training sequence in Siberia of all places is still one of the greatest training montages I've ever seen, ending with Rocky on a mountain top yelling Drago's name. THAT'S impact and clearly illustrates the iron will of the character. A man on a mission that won't be denied to avenge the death of his friend. There isn't anything in Creed II that has the same level of emotional impact and the pacing sucks. Example, Adonis trains in the desert to prepare for the rematch with Viktor but immediately cuts to him in Russia. No good establishing shot, no sequence to show Adonis, Bianca and Rocky flying to Russia or getting off the plane, not even a sequence or conversation between Adonis and Rocky about how he feels about going back to Russia all things considered. The edit to Russia is done in such an abrupt way that it's not initially clear if Bianca is even there with Adonis.

This and other abrupt edits makes Creed II feel, average, insignificant. A film just going through the motions trying to hurry up and get to its predictable conclusion. As good as some of the boxing is, it wasn't even clear which round both fights ended in. Even when Adonis wins the championship, it was treated as irrelevant by Adonis and the director. No fanfare, no celebration, no massive news coverage. Just, I have the belt, let's get a cheesesteak. I'm not joking, that actually happens. After Rocky fought Apollo in the original film, the media frenzy was nuts in the ring with Apollo saying "ain't gonna be no rematch" and Rocky saying "Don't want one." Then in the sequel which picks up literally right after the fight, the media frenzy continued and Rocky LOST.

Remember in Rocky II when Rocky finally beats Apollo? When Rocky, beaten to a pulp, holds up the belt and says "ADRIAN, WE DID IT!" while she was with their newborn son watching the fight on TV? It's one of the greatest endings in American cinematic history. When Adonis finally defeats Viktor Drago in Creed II, his version of that scene is so anti climatic that I didn't even care. "Let's go home" is what we get said in a whisper. At the end of Rocky IV, Rocky gives a great speech that was a powerful political statement about the US and Russia as global adversaries and the need to change. That was in 1985. In 2019, Creed II gives us, Let go home and get a cheesesteak. I'll stop there because this review is already long enough but Creed II feels like a film that wasted a lot of talent on a story line that should have focused on something new as opposed to retreading old ground.
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J. RobertsReviewed in the United States on December 5, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Creed NOT Rocky
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I watched this movie on Amazon Prime. I have always been a Rocky fan and I actually watched all the others in the series at the theatre. I wasn’t very impressed with the first Creed, but this one was very good in my opinion. I believe the reason I enjoyed this film was because it was so much like Rocky IV. Story line was very close even to the extent of having a lot of the same characters. Dolph Lundgren as Ivan Drago...... As a movie holding its own.... it gets an A. I don’t know how Rocky fans could give this movie a 1 star rating, but whatever. The whole idea of the movie is Apollo Creed’s son stepping out from behind his father’s shadow. Adonis is a champion.... not just the son of Apollo or trainee of Rocky. Watch the movie and enjoy.
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BuyerUSA1Reviewed in the United States on March 9, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
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Big fan of all the old Rocky movies and also liked the first Creed. This movie however sucks felt was written in a rush just to cash in on the name. A lot of boring parts that drag on the fight scenes were so digitally animated it looked stupid. The desert scene was a joke yeah a bunch of no name steroid using boxers could take on a world champ. Also the strategy was dumb let’s train to stand toe to toe all out slug fest with a much bigger and stronger opponent. This movie failed badly I doubt I’ll watch Creed III if it comes out it’s obvious they are milking us for all the money they can get with no effort in putting a good movie together.
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JeremyReviewed in the United States on July 4, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
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For any Rocky fan Creed II delivers on all fronts. A great addition to an enduring franchise. One thing I would've liked to have seen in this installment and in the return of Ivan Drago is a redeemed Drago. In the movie we find that life has taken a negative turn for the Russian since 1985's loss to Balboa. And in his current state you can't help to feel some empathy for the character. However, for me the empathy ends once we realize he still isn't remorseful about the death of Apollo Creed and I lose any sympathy for the character. After watching Rocky IV again I remembered what it is about Rocky Balboa that makes the character genuine and lovable. It is his forgiveness. At the end of Rocky IV he shows how two who don't like each other can overcome their differences and make peace. In keeping with this sentiment had Drago come to Rocky a humbled and broken man trying to provide a better life for his son the story would've had a more dramatic depth more aligned with Balboa's forgiving personality. Had Drago and Balboa made peace and the rivalry shifted to Adonis and Vicktor a more intense, dramatic climax would've been, do you root for Drago or Adonis? Or do you want to see both win? This is just my opinion the movie still is great. Who knows maybe Clubber Lange and Balboa will make peace in Creed III?... 3:)
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Matthew HorneReviewed in the United States on September 26, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Gave it another chance, still not good
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I tried to see this in the theaters, but had to leave when several ladies in front of me were yelling racist things like "beat that white boy" etc. as if they were watching a match from their homes. "Racists" I said to them begrudginly as I left. "You ignorant" they yelled at me as I left. How ironic to say that to me in response as they were african americans who undoubtably had ancestors and even themselves having racist insults hurled at them like that.

So I gave it another chance as its free on Prime. The backstory is intriguing: Drago's son vs Apollo Creed's son. But there needed to be more of the backstory on the Drago side. The new filmmakers try desperately to basically do a carbon copy of what we saw with Adrian and Rocky, but it just doesn't click. There are a lot of racist undertones in this movie "you understand this baby's Black" the star says to Rocky as Rocky is curious about the name. Rocky is left as confused as the audience is.

I didn't like it, and perhaps I should have taken the message that day in the theater that this is made for a select, racist demographic.
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on March 8, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
A movie about family and finding onself
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I was initially worried about Creed II because director Ryan Coogler was not working on it. Instead another young black director was going to be in charge of this film, Steven Caple Jr. After some initial trepidation it turned out to be another great movie.

Creed II is really about family and finding one’s self with boxing simply being a foil to explore those two issues.

The family theme impacts all of the main characters. For example, Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Creed and his girlfriend Tessa Thompson as Bianca are worried that their newborn child might have the same hearing problems as Thompson. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone as Rocky are also estranged as the latter did not support Jordan’s fighting Florian Munteanu as Viktor Drago. Jordan is very angry as a result and the two who play surrogate father and son need to repair their relationship to move forward. Speaking of that Munteanu also has difficulties as he feels immense pressure to follow in his father’s, Dolph Lundgren as Ivan Drago, footsteps as a boxer and defeat the Creed family. The two also have a dinner where the wife/mother Brigitte Nielsen, Ludmilla Drago, is present. Munteanu walks out in disgust because he knows that she is only there because he has become a successful fighter when before she shunned the father and son.

Jordan also has to find himself in order to be successful in the ring. He only won his first fight on a decision and came out badly wounded, and has psychological scars that stop him from continuing with his training. It’s only when he fixes his problems at home with his girlfriend and Rocky that he’s able to be at peace and can become the fighter that he wants to be.

In terms of the fighting there were some initial worries as well. The first fight pits Jordan against real life Oakland fighter Andre Ward as Danny Stuntman Wheeler. The choreography was lackluster and there’s was no real excitement in the match. I had a bad feeling this was how the rest of the movie was going to be with new director Caple at the helm, but that didn’t prove to be true. The following fights, especially the one at the climax are full of drama.

Overall, Creed II is a fitting sequel to the first film.
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Ben SmithReviewed in the United States on November 16, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Top 5 Greatest boxing movie ever
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There are a lot of great boxing classics, and this deserves to be with them. It captures all the feeling of Rocky, the emotion of Raging Bull, and also adds technical boxing. Perfectly blending nostalgia of Rocky and a new footprint on it's own. Most boxing movies, the fights look nothing like an actual boxing match. This movie tries to incorporate actual boxing moves, training, and movement. There was a lot of emphasis on the story, and they didn't skip out on detail. Outside of the ring was just as much of this movie as inside. I've seen every boxing movie ever made, and this is easily in the top 5 of all time. And, the storyline of Drago was incredible. How he lost everything, and tried so hard to get it back through his son, but realized that his son was more important than status. Nothing about this movie was hokey, and ever character played their part perfectly.
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