Creed II: The BRWC Review

Creed II

Under the tutelage of Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), light heavyweight contender Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) faces off against Viktor Drago (Florian Munteanu), son of Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren).

While being a sequel to Ryan Coogler’s 2015 spin-off of the Rocky franchise, this is technically movie number eight within the Balboa/Creed narrative. A great many will have been following these films since the John G. Avildsen original, but some will have only gotten in the ring more recently. There are some story elements that echo the trajectory of the Italian Stallion but for the most part, Adonis Creed’s second round is a unique and refreshing bout. It taps into the legacy of previous Rocky films, once again adding layers to the legacy of Apollo Creed, Rocky Balboa and their shared story.

We see Adonis Creed discover that the pinnacle of your art can be a lonely place. His pride and fears rear their ugly head once more and while early on it may seem as though this sequel takes the lazy approach and 180’s his arc from the previous movie, I think there’s more here than initially meets the eye. Director Stephen Caple Jr. lacks the nuance and subtlety of Coogler, which actually makes him the right man for this sequel. This is not a subtle movie, nor is it trying to be. That being said, there are several artful flourishes that make this film stand out from the other Rocky movies, but the pacing occasionally suffers in the more dialogue-heavy scenes.

Once more we get the outstanding Tessa Thompson returning as Bianca and Phylicia Rashad as Mary Anne Creed. These two women represent the heart and the brain behind Michael B. Jordan’s titular character. Both Creed’s girlfriend and his adoptive mother have weathered the storm of seeing their loved one’s bruised, bloody and raw. Here we are privy to a spectrum of emotions as we hit familiar beats from previous instalments. There’s even a shady promoter reminiscent of the Don King’a’like from Rocky V.

Tapping into the current political climate, it makes perfect sense for Ivan Drago and his behemoth son, Viktor to resurface as the big bads. The shared history between the characters is potent in ways that evoke the worlds of wrestling and soap opera, so if you’re one of those people who thinks Rocky IV is the best Rocky sequel then it’s likely you’re going to absolutely love Creed II.

Viktor Drago (Florian Munteanu) is a solid antagonist and probably the most fleshed out on screen since Apollo Creed. He also seems like an amalgamation of Ivan Drago and Clubber Lang in that he’s ferocious, imposing and unbreakable. An avalanche wrapped in a landslide. His arc is just as important as Creed’s and just as emotionally resonant by the conclusion.

This film represents a culmination of the original Rocky franchise and in many ways, completes arcs for both Balboa and Creed. Short of Stallone wheeling out a long-lost sibling for Creed III, I’d be more than happy if this film saga.

Creed II is out this Friday

We hope you're enjoying BRWC. You should check us out on our social channels, subscribe to our newsletter, and tell your friends. BRWC is short for battleroyalewithcheese.

Trending on BRWC:

Lost Bullet (Balle Perdue): Review

By Matt Conway / 21st June 2020 / 1 Comment
Blue Film Woman

Blue Film Woman: Review

By Daryl Bär / 10th June 2020 / 1 Comment
The Call Of The Wild Comp!

ENDED: The Call Of The Wild Comp!

By Alton Williams / 19th June 2020
Defending Jacob: The BRWC Review

Defending Jacob: The BRWC Review

By Caillou Pettis / 5th June 2020

Disclosure: Review

By Esme Betamax / 13th June 2020

Cool Posts From Around the Web:

Regular type person by day, film vigilante by night. Spent years as a 35mm projectionist (he got taller) and now he gets to watch and wax lyrical about all manner of motion pictures. Daryl has got a soft spot for naff Horror and he’d consider Anime to be his kryptonite.


Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.