Creed II Excites Fans

Nicole Felici, Copy Editor

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In the first Creed movie, Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan), the son of legendary boxer Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers), grew up fatherless and very rebellious. Bit by bit, he unearthed his father’s boxing legacy and began to learn more and more about Apollo. He then sought out Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), a heavyweight boxing champion and old friend of his father’s. Adonis begged Rocky to train him for the ring, and after some refusals, Rocky agrees and Adonis’s boxing journey begins.

Creed II opens to show that Viktor Drago (Florian Munteanu) has personally challenged Adonis to a boxing match. A challenge does not sound out of the ordinary in the boxing world, but this challenge is different. Viktor is the son of Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren), who killed Apollo in the ring in Rocky IV. This is not a regular fight anymore, this is a matter of family. Of course, Adonis accepts the challenge and ventures on to train harder than ever before. Rocky is still training Adonis, but he is extremely hesitant toward this fight. If Ivan was deadly, how much worse will his son be?

The movie was filled with action packed scenes and amazing boxing choreography. Viewers felt as if they were in the ring with Viktor and Adonis, watching them brawl to see who would come out on top. Additionally, Creed II did not fail to connect moviegoers to the emotions felt by many of the characters. Adonis is clearly seeking to avenge his father and prove the Creeds are not weak, Rocky fears for Adonis’s safety (especially when he faces a serious injury) and the Dragos accentuate a feeling of authority and power, all of which are portrayed clearly to the audience.

Some problems viewers have had with the film was the focus being largely on the drama instead of the fighting. As Creed II is a boxing movie, it makes sense for people to want majority of the film to be about the fights. However, as a fan of the Rocky series, I believe it was a smart choice to focus on the emotional side of the events, since the whole premise was Adonis fighting the son of his father’s murderer.

Although it was not perfect, Creed II is a must-see, especially for long-time Rocky fans.