Director Steven Caple Jr.’s Creed 2 is an emotional fight in and outside of the ring. The story could have simply been a redux of Rocky 4 in lesser hands. However, you feel just as much for rising Russian boxer Viktor Drago (Florian Munteanu) and his father/trainer Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) as you do for Creed (Michael B. Jordan) and Rocky (Sylvester Stallone).
Viktor isn’t presented as an emotionless unstoppable monster, but rather a son trying to prove himself to his father and restore his family’s legacy. Brigitte Nelson returns to the franchise as well. Apparently after Ivan’s loss her marriage to him quickly dissolved but not before giving birth to Viktor.
Tessa Thompson’s Character, Bianca, is given a little more to do this time out. Rather than just play the role of the girlfriend, she finally solidifies her role as this generation’s Adrian. Her character is still suffering from a degenerative hearing loss. This time, however, it has new devastating ramifications. For both herself and Adonis Creed.
Speaking of Adonis, Jordan gives an outstanding performance in the film. Where the first Creed film might have presented him as a spoiled rich kid, the sequel finds a way to get the audience firmly behind him. Maybe it’s because of who he is fighting or maybe it’s because Adonis is fighting for more than just himself this time around.
The fighting once again is presented in spectacular fashion. Just like with the first Creed, the audience feels like they are in the ring. Every punch and blow is felt in dramatic manner that feel real.
The ending is the culmination of an emotional journey for both fighters that is both powerful and unexpected. Stallone once again gives a fantastic performance even if his role is decreased a little bit in this sequel.
I’m not sure where a third Creed film can go in the future but I am excited about the possibilities. With that said HipsterZOMBIEJoint gives Creed 2 a strong 8 out of 10.