Continuing on from the original Creed, there wasn’t much freedom for Creed II, so it’s no surprise the storyline is predictable. Creed II is mainly a continuation from Rocky IV rather than its predecessor as the story follows up on the sad tale of Ivan Drago and Apollo Creed. Apollo’s son ‘Adonis Creed’ (played by Michael B Jordan) accepts a challenge from Drago’s son, a very dangerous fighter. There are a lot of similarities to Rocky IV in this movie, a clear example is Adonis having to fight Viktor Drago in Russia just like how Rocky fought Ivan Drago in Russia. We see both of them face off side by side which makes this film more of a Rocky IV sequel rather than the first Creed.
This film focuses a lot on legacy and fatherhood. In Creed II, we see the growth of Adonis’ relationship with Bianca and the welcoming of his daughter. Adonis is now in the same shoes as his father, an exact repeat of Rocky IV. The father/son theme is prevalent throughout the movie, there is father Apollo and son Adonis, Ivan and Viktor Drago, Rocky and his son Robert, Adonis trainer “Little Duke’ being the son of Apollos trainer, Duke Evers, gives another chance for the both of them to rewrite history and carry on the legacy of their fathers.
The best thing in this movie is probably the great athleticism from Michael B Jordan, in workout scenes and also the boxing matches making the movie a very realistic boxing film. The camera angles do the fights justice showing it from every angle even sometimes the angle of the receiver but that’s as good as the movie gets.
As the soundtrack was executively produced by Mike WiLL Made-It, it is no surprise the movie contains a solid playlist featuring mostly hip-hop songs. We hear from the likes of Nas, Rick Ross, Jaden Smith and Slxm Jimmi. Notable tracks include: Pharrell Williams and Kendrick Lamar titled “The Mantra”; and an A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, and Nicki Minaj collaboration titled “Runnin”. Singer actor Tessa Thompson who plays fiancé Bianca, shows off her talent by performing twice in the movie. We also are given the classic Rocky theme song “Eye of the tiger”.
Overall, the movie had great potential, but it fell short of the mark - possibly due to director Ryan Coogler deciding to focus on ‘Black Panther’ and leaving it to director Steven Caple Jr. to fill his big shoes. The storyline was also very predictable as Creed did not really need a follow up. The movie lacked originality as it was just another recycled Rocky movie with the same themes and context.
This movie is not a must watch, being extremely generous Creed II is a 6/10 and should not be classed as one of the best films of the year.