Review: CREED II

“Creed II” Entertains with Michael B. Jordan’s Performance

 

By Liz Lopez

Rating: B-

Three years ago when the first “Creed” was released, it was wonderful to see Stallone’s Rocky on the big screen and taking the story back to Creed and the son he left behind after his death. Michael B. Jordan “has it” to make audiences run back into the theaters a few years ago with Ryan Coogler’s “Creed,” and now with “Creed II,” I know it will be a hit with that segment of audiences who love stories about and featuring Rocky. “Creed II” is entertaining, but it is less than what I expected and a bit more predictable with Creed wanting to take the fight against Drako although everyone was against it. Stallone is dressed the same as before and living the life of Senior Citizen Rocky — moving at a much slower pace, yet wanting to make amends with family or friends before it is too late. The performances are great and fans of Rocky will rush to theaters, but for those who are not as anxious to relive all the Rocky days, take a trip to the cinema during a matinee or discount day at the cinema.

“Creed II” is directed by Steven Caple Jr. based on the screenplay by Sylvester Stallone and Juel Taylor. This story takes us in the direction of the fight, the loss and the training for the re-match. Done. I don’t feel there is much more to the story than that, however entertaining. Viewers beware if you do not like viewing the hard hitting and blood spilling of this “sport.”

“Creed II” shows how Adonis Creed takes a loss in the ring, but does not stay down. Rocky shows him where to train when he wants to fight to get back in the ring for what he wants. Rocky takes Creed to train in the desert – a hell he is willing to go through.

One very good romantic scene is that of Creed deciding to pop the question to his beautiful pop star true love, Bianca (Tessa Thompson), who has a great career of her own on the rise. Phylicia Rashad is forever excellent as the loving and caring mother who does not hesitate to share what is on her mind!

The film features supporting cast that includes Dolph Lundgren, Florian Munteanu, Brigitte Nielsen, Wood Harris, Russell Hornsby, Andre Ward, Milo Ventimiglia among the many characters.

MPAA Rating: PG-13. Running time: 130 minutes. See the film in theaters as of November 21, 2018

Source: Warner Bros.

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