Creed II is a respectable sequel to Creed. It stars Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Dolph Lundgren, Florian Munteanu, Wood Harris, and Phylicia Rashad. Creed was directed by Ryan Coogler who then went on to direct the blockbuster movie, Black Panther. Creed II, however, was directed by Steven Caple Jr. Steven Caple Jr is a young black director who – like Ryan Coogler before the first Creed, is just one film old.
Creed 2 is about parenthood and legacy, about honor and identity, about the power of myths and the idea of heroism. With its deft handling of characters, aided by some truly soulful performances and tender direction, it is most certainly a strong contender for one of the best films of the year.
Adonis Creed (Michael B Jordan) faces his biggest challenge yet, when a scud missile of a man comes knocking at his door. He’s Viktor Drago, son of Ivan Drago, the man who remorselessly killed his father, Apollo Creed.
It is like a Shakespearean story. Two sons raised a world apart. Two fighters, whose histories are intertwined; powered, as if by destiny, to collide – and the world is watching. Behind them are men who shaped them into who they are. Ivan Drago commands his son, Viktor Drago, who he constantly belittles into a dangerous fighter and Adonai Creed has Rocky, who still blames himself for Apollo’s death.