2018 has been blessed with a good number of truly mindblowing productions and Creed II finds itself seated comfortably at the top as one of the best movies of the year. If you are planning on visiting the cinemas this weekend, make a date with Creed II. The movie is spellbinding and worthy of every penny!
You should take that seriously especially as it’s coming from ME. I don’t even like boxing 🤷🏾♀️🤷🏿♂️
Produced by Sylvester Stallone (who also doubles as Screen Writer and Co-Star Rocky Balboa), Kevin King-Templeton, Charles Winkler, William Chartoff, David Winkler and Irwin Winkler, this (I predict) box office smashing production is a sequel to Creed (2015) and the 8th installment in the Rocky series. Starring Michael B Jordan as Adonis ‘Donnie’ Creed, Creed II is created to force Rocky lovers to recount the numerous reasons we fell in love with the award-winning film that began the journey; Rocky (1976).
Adonis is no longer the fresh-faced boxer but a newly crowned WBC World Heavyweight Champion after he knocks out Danny “Stuntman” Wheeler. However, his victory is shortlived as he must face Ivan Drago’s ( Dolph Lundgren) boxing Machine son, Viktor Drago ( Florian Munteanu).
Viktor’s demand for the Championship title unsettles Adonis as it’s more than just another fight. For one, he has everything to lose as a newly engaged and expecting father. Two, his legacy is put on the line. We are reminded that his father, Apollo Creed died in the arms of Ivan and this knowing forces Adonis to take the bait.
Unprepared for the strength of Viktor, Donnie takes on the fight against Rocky’s warning and gets his ass and ego whooped. Luckily, his Championship title remains intact following Viktor’s disqualification.
A look at the life of Ivan and Viktor (which opens the film) will show much more than mindless villainry. Ivan’s desire for revenge after his disgraceful loss to Rocky Balboa fuels his creation of a monster who knows nothing but “unorthodox” boxing. ForViktor villainry is more than just an intimidating scrowl and formidable fists but the fact that Stallone and Juel Taylor make us see his humanness. Abandoned by his mother Ludmilla (Brigitte Nielsen) and forged in Snow and Fire, Viktor is insecure and looks to his boxing abilities as validation.
Creed II doesn’t hold back its Blackness and it ’s hard not to notice how it spices the story but most especially, the soundtracks which feature Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar, DMX, J.Cole, Tessa Thompson, Ella Mai among others and executively produced by Mike Will Made It.
Creed II like Rocky IV (1985) addresses the Cold War between America and the Soviet Union with the disgrace and rejection Ivan faces after his loss to Rocky. Don’t expect the women in Creed II to be clueless extras. This one doesn’t hold back on giving its female characters life. As expected, the women of boxers aren’t exactly given the center stage but in Creed II, Bianca (Tessa Thompson) is an indispensable part of Donnie’s success and is right by his side for every victory and failure despite having a successful music recording career.
Albeit very predictable whether you have seen previous installments or not, Creed II succeeds at delivering a solid character development with a story that forces its audience to feel every tear, pain, punch, and victory. Adonis Creed is in a process of rebirth from the start of Creed II. The film takes us through each stage of his life from both a personal angle and a professional angle and with each scene, we are exposed to raw vulnerability and an increasing push to prove himself capable of continuing the Creed legacy.
Creed II is perfection down to cinematography, directing (Steven Caple JR.) , casting (extras), story, and even scoring. There’s nowhere to fault this one!
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