CREED II: REVIEW
Creed II is the highly anticipated sequel to Creed which premiered in 2015. Following the lives of Adonis Johnson Creed, Apollo Creed's son played by Michael B. Jordan and his boxing coach Rocky Balboa played by Sylvester Stallone.
Creed II takes the audience on a compelling, fast paced emotional journey that will have you on the edge of your seat in anticipation. I enjoyed this film because I felt like I was part of the family also enduring the story. I was ecstatic when Adonis was fighting well, equally I felt like I was taking the punches too when he was losing. This was down to the superb high definition graphics of the fight sequences that were like nothing I’ve ever seen before. From slow motion punches to fast, hard hitting jabs- the fights are extremely detailed and will have your eyes glued onto the screen.
The casting of Creed’s opponent, Viktor Drago played by Russian boxer Florian Munteanu was an obvious, but very good choice. In the film its almost portrayed as a David and Goliath type story with Florian’s natural bodyweight and height being a lot bigger than Michael B. Jordan’s! However, as we know one’s physical stature is not all that matters in a boxing match. Speed, agility, skill and trash talking is also needed, and that Adonis Creed has in abundance which is why you cannot fully predict who is going to win during the match.
The film had a lot of humor added to it that wasn’t in the first film. This was good because it helped to break down the tension within the film by making it feel more lighthearted in some parts. I felt like all the actors were perfectly casted for their roles and executed them well. For instance, I didn’t see Michael B. Jordan as a role he had played before, (like you can do with some actors who carry the same acting mannerisms.) His role was so well played that I only saw him as Adonis Creed during the entire 130 minutes.
The narrative was very similar to the first Creed: Adonis taking on a dangerous opponent that his coach Rocky tells him not to because he cannot let history repeat itself in terms of what happened to his father. Adonis takes the match anyway, loses, but turns his loss and devastation into a story that sees him training even harder, with more determination to win his next fight. To some, this narrative could seem repetitive, but in this film, directed brilliantly by Steven Caple Jr, he uses a range of different techniques to give the story line a fresh perspective.
Adonis has a lot resting on his shoulders this time round as he is not just living for himself anymore. He has now got the support of his mum, girlfriend Bianca, portrayed by Tessa Thompson and a newly born baby girl, Amara to look after. As a family they also represent a prominent, beautiful black family in a major studio film franchise.
Coming up to the end of the year, I can confidently say that this is one of the best films I’ve watched this year, 2018. A must watch- extremely inspiring!
CREED II hits U.K. cinemas on Friday 30th November.
Watch the trailer below:
Check out our interviews with Michael B. Jordan and Tessa Thompson below: