4/5 Creed II: Powerful Boxing Movie
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I’ve never seen any of the Rocky movies, and I’m not a fan of the professional sports movies anyway. Still, despite being completely 100% predictable, Creed II delivers on entertainment. Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) is the heavyweight boxing champion of the world, but he gets challenged to a fight by Viktor Drago, son of Ivan Drago (guy who killed his father, Apollo). Whew, that’s a lot of connections when it’s spelled out.
- If you’ve seen a trailer, you’ve seen 80% of the movie.
- Viktor Drago has a few surprising moments. More later.
- Fight scenes were well choreographed and suitably dramatic.
- This has one of the weirdest soundtracks I’ve ever heard. You could get classical music two seconds after a rap song. Pretty sure training montages happened on quite a few occasions.
- Characters: Bianca and Creed’s mother show up at key times. Ivan is suitably grim-faced and determined throughout the whole process. Rocky’s very much a side character, but they worked him into a few things.
- I seriously wanted to punch the promoter. He was annoying and oily and slimy the first second on screen, and he the same his last second on the screen.
Whether you like these kind of sports movies or not, it’s worth watching at least once.
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- One kind of knew there would be two fights in here based on the fact that the first one came so early in the movie.
- One of the funny lines came when Rocky was suggesting they name the baby girl Becky or Cate. Creed responds with: “You do know she’s gonna be black, right?”
- After Creed has an emotional moment, he picks up his baby girl and comforts her because she’s fussing. He says, “Daddy’s being a b—-.”)
- Drago discussion continued. Clearly, this dude’s got mommy issues, but who wouldn’t if your mom left the family because your dad lost a fight? The end scene where his father’s running along side him, instead of chasing with the car is actually kind of touching.
- Motive and motivation: It’s not clear in the beginning or end what Creed’s actually fighting for.
- Some of the most surprising character development happened within Ivan Drago.