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Creed II Review

My husband and I saw Creed II over Black Friday weekend. It stars It stars Sylvester Stallone, Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson, Dolph Lundgren, and Wood Harris. It is directed by Steven Caple Jr. and produced by Sylvester Stallone, Kevin, King-Templeton, Charles Winkler, William Chartoff, David Winkler, Irwin Winkler, and Udi Nedivi.

The movie is about Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) who is challenged by Viktor Drago (Florian Munteanu), son of Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren), who killed Adonis’ father in the fourth Rocky movie. Adonis also deals with his ongoing mentoring relationship with Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) and his growing family.

I thought that since my husband I saw the movie together, it would be appropriate for us to review this together as well.

The Creed movies are a great way to inroduce “today’s” audiences to the Rocky movies. Even if they don’t see the original franchise, it’s nice that this generation can get to know the Rocky character while being introduced to an equally talented, new boxer with a new (but once again, just as good) story arc as the orignal.

There’s a reason this franchise has survived the test (and decay) of time, as well as its own stumbles; the films are not truly about boxing. That’s the in-universe vehicle to make the story work, but you don’t have to know a right hook from a sucker punch to still connect with the drama that unfolds. The third act is always a man versus a man, but at its core is a truimph of a hero over himself.

We don’t know if it’s a was planned for the Russians to come back or if it’s because, like in in the fourth Rocky movie, we weren’t on good terms with the Russians. But all-in-all, it was fitting for Adnois to fight Viktor and show him have a major crisis, and not just a career one we’re talking about. Michael better get nominated for an Oscar this year!

So what did and didn’t we like? Well, to answer the second question first, not much. The film was pretty solid. Perhaps the directing didn’t have quite the same stamp that Ryan Coogler put on the first Creed, but that’s really just a reach to nitpick. The film glows with energy, from Tessa Thompson’s musical number to Michael B. Jordan’s meltdown. Lundgren in particular proves that he’s got a stronger acting range than his “I must break you” reputation has led us to believe. In the end, we found ourselves not just rooting for Creed, but for the nations of the world to just hug it all out.

Fans of the orginal will like this as much as incoming fans will. This is a movie for everyone. Make sure you see it right away, we’re sure glad we did!

 

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CREED II Opens November 14, 2018. What’s Your Favorite Sports Movie?

“But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!”

– Rocky Balboa

Creed II comes November 21st, 2018. It stars Sylvester Stallone, Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson, Dolph Lundgren, and Wood Harris. It is directed by Steven Caple Jr. and produced by Sylvester Stallone, Kevin, King-Templeton, Charles Winkler, William Chartoff, David Winkler, Irwin Winkler, and Udi Nedivi.

The synopsis is as follows:

Life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed. Between personal obligations and training for his next big fight, he is up against the challenge of his life. Facing an opponent with ties to his family’s past only intensifies his impending battle in the ring. Rocky Balboa is there by his side through it all and, together, Rocky and Adonis will confront their shared legacy, question what’s worth fighting for, and discover that nothing’s more important than family. Creed II is about going back to basics to rediscover what made you a champion in the first place, and remembering that, no matter where you go, you can’t escape your history.  The film releases in theaters on Wednesday, November 21.  #CreedII

This reminds me of my favorite sports movie, Brian’s Song. I rented it years ago per the recommendation of my Dad and it did not disappoint! It originally came out in 1971 as ABC’s “Movie of the Week.” It was based on the true story of a football player named Brian Piccolo, his battle with cancer, and his friendship with fellow teammate with Gale SayersJames Caan played Brian and Billy Dee Williams played Gale.

The movie talked about the power of friendship and what it’s like for two friends to depend on each other in a time of crisis. What’s great about this film is that a lot of men were able to feel comfortable enough to cry during this movie. This was very uncommon during the 70’s when guys were taught to “man up”, but this movie made it OK for men to express their sadness and show how much they cared about the real-life characters.

In this film, it shows that it’s OK to lean on one another, cry, and ask for help, no matter who you are. I believe this movie can still touch audiences today. I know it does with me and I highly recommend it.

While I’m over here recommending Brian’s Song, don’t forget that Creed II opens on November 21st and I don’t want you to miss it! Here’s the trailer:

Let me know what you think as soon as you see it!

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Creed 2 Newest Trailer. In Theaters November 21st, 2018.

In Theaters Wednesday, November 21st

Trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3u1bKbl5MU&feature=youtu.be

Life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed. Between personal obligations and training for his next big fight, he is up against the challenge of his life. Facing an opponent with ties to his family’s past only intensifies his impending battle in the ring. Rocky Balboa is there by his side through it all and, together, Rocky and Adonis will confront their shared legacy, question what’s worth fighting for, and discover that nothing’s more important than family. Creed II is about going back to basics to rediscover what made you a champion in the first place, and remembering that, no matter where you go, you can’t escape your history.

Genre: Drama

Date: Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Executive Producers: Ryan Coogler, Michael B. Jordan, Guy Riedel

Distributor:  MGM, Warner Bros. Pictures

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