Creed 2 is the sequel the Creed 1 (obviously) and stars Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Creed, son of the...

Creed 2 is the sequel the Creed 1 (obviously) and stars Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Creed, son of the late famous boxer Apollo Creed. The sequel also sees the return of Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad and of course Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa. That being said, what truly made the highlight of this film was the addition of Dolph Lundgren and Florian Munteanu as Ivan and Viktor Drago, the new antagonists of this film.

Now if you aren’t familiar with the Rocky franchise, you should know that Ivan Drago was responsible for Apollo Creed’s death after beating him to an inch of his life in the ring. He only met his defeat when Rocky took him on and avenged his friend’s death. The event left young Adonis orphaned and alone until Apollo’s wife adopts him (Yeah… Apollo wasn’t the most loyal husband). In Creed 2, Ivan Drago returns to America alongside his son Viktor to track down Rocky and Adonis and challenge them to a boxing match that would cement one side’s legacy while erasing the other’s.

Well I can certainly tell you that this is not a bad movie. It’s… just a little too formulaic. Most of you will have predicted the plot of Creed 2 with a 100% accuracy and won’t even realize it until you see this movie. The training sequences are epic, the fight choreography is well helmed and the narrative is powerful and well written. That being said, there aren’t a lot of surprising moments in Creed 2. The movie is as brutal and bloody as you expect it to be and the outcome will not blow your mind away. Nevertheless, it still remains an interesting cinematic experience.

The performances in this film ultimately drove the narrative to high standards. Michael B. Jordan is great in his role, as generic as it is. Silvester Stallone gives a powerful, emotional and much more mature performance of Rocky as well. But as I have mentioned before, the real delight resides in the appearances of Ivan and Viktor Drago; I found myself forgetting who to cheer for because of how well developed those characters are. We understand what the stakes are and what they are fighting for.

As formulaic as the movie is, it is still worth seeing if you consider yourself a fan of the Rocky franchise or a fan of boxing. Yes, it has a few problems but it still works as a worthy sequel. The odds are we will see the conclusion to this new trilogy soon, but we have yet to see if it will turn into a long running franchise like its' predecessor.

Our overall score for Creed 2: 4/5