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Creed 2 movie review

Ironically these days boxing movies are bigger than boxing itself. The Rocky franchise has been the benchmark for great boxing flicks since the 1970’s and remains that way decades later. Sure, there are good ones out there such as The Fighter, Southpaw, and Bleed For This, but Creed 2 steps back in the ring and shows them who the real champ is.

Creed 2 once again continues the story of Adonis Creed, Apollo Creed’s son. Apollo is now the world heavyweight champion, having just won the belt. He is on top with no opposition until Viktor Drago, son of Ivan Drago, the man that killed Apollo comes forward and challenges him for the title.

I will admit this movie is very formulaic. The first Creed movie follows the same story as the first Rocky and this one skips a few steps and jumps right to being the same (basically) as Rocky 4. Despite that though I personally believe and see this movie as being better than its predecessor. Not by much! But, still better… The first movie was very solid, and very good. It was a great introduction to the character of Apollo and eased us back in to the world of Rocky nicely. While Stallone was a show stealer in the first one, and still remains awesome in the this, I really feel like Michael B. Jordan’s performance and emotion fuel this movie well. Emotion is really what drives this film. I found myself overcome with it a few times and was surprised with just how serious it got.

The bad guys set it apart as well. Or, should I say “bad” guys. What is most surprising is that the villains are never really villiainized and are fleshed out and three dimensional characters. I wouldn’t say I liked them, but I was conflicted on wanting them to lose, and I definitely didn’t want to see them hurt.

All in all I would put this very close to the top, maybe even number two in this legendary eight film series. I hope they end it here as I feel Creed’s story has been told perfectly. I don’t need to see anymore and we run the risk of getting to the point Rocky did in his later films. I don’t want that for this, and it doesn’t deserve it.

Creed movie review

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Did we really NEED this? No. No we did not. We never NEED a spin off. But, I am so happy that we have this! Creed follows Adonis Johnson, the illegitimate love child of Apollo Creed. Adonis is taken out of the system by Apollo’s wife when he is young. She urges him to not fight, and yet Adonis is compelled to… As follows the Rocky formula, Adonis gets a shot at the belt against the best in the world, trained by the great Rocky Balboa. So, now that you know about it, and see how bad in could have gone, I’m going to tell you that everything went right! There is not a better spin off out there. This sold because it is a “Rocky” movie. This continues to make money because it is a great stand alone film. If you take Stallone out and insert a random old guy, and change Adonis last name, I’d STILL like this movie. Speaking of Stallone, he gives one of the best and most emotional performances I have ever seen from him in this. Oscar worthy. I think that is actually what I liked most about this movie. Sure, the fighting was great, the montage was well done (all 4 of them), and the soundtrack was great. But, the relationship between Rocky, Adonis (and sometimes his girlfriend Bianca) is what made this. Every moment of this movie was emotionally charged, and I loved it. THIS is my favorite Rocky movie.

 

Creed trailer review

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Yes, yes yes. Yes. YES. YES! YES!!! Creed! The perfect spinoff to one of the best movie series of all time! Creed follows Adonis Creed, the son of the late great Apollo Creed, with Rocky training him. Yes! This trailer gets you pumped as much as a famous Rocky montage does! Micheal B Jordan plays Creed and the best part about this movie is it looks like HE is the main character, Rocky is in it and plays a major role, but this movie does not appear to focus on him. The song is perfect, the lines are great. Rocky is punching a speed bag with Creed! I feel like this will do the series justice while being a great movie on its own, even if the famous Rocky’s didn’t exist. I can almost not put in words the amount of energy in this trailer. I will definitely be catching the first showing of this.