Epic, suspenseful, dramatic, not for the faint of heart — are all just a few ways I’d describe CREED II.
Before, I jump into the review, let me give you a brief synopsis of CREED II, if you’re on of the 20 people on the entire planet who didn’t watch or at least know about the first CREED movie, and why everyone is talking about watching CREED II.
It 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.
CREED II stars Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Wood Harris, Russell Hornsby, Florian “Big Nasty” Munteanu, Andre Ward, Phylicia Rashad, and Dolph Lundgren.
So now for the g o o d s t u f f. Honestly, I watched CREED I way back when and didn’t fully remember everything, but I knew how I felt when I watched that, so I knew this movie was going to be good. To my amazement, it wasn’t only good — it was GREAT.
If you thought Michael B. Jordan nailed his role in Black Panther, you are in for a pleasant surprise. Michael B. Jordan showcases a more sensitive and nurturing side, coupled with his badass personality making you fall in love with him over and over again in the movie. However, not going to lie there were times where I doubted him, along with every other cast member in the movie.
Tessa Thompson, singer, songwriter and actress, plays Adonis’s (MBJ) girlfriend in the movie. Her role was quite unique, because she wasn’t just the typical “supportive girlfriend”. She had a career of her own, as a talented, singer — a hearing impaired, singer. As if that isn’t BOSS CHICK, defying all odd goals?!
I will say however, this movie is not for the weak of heart, some of the fight scenes had me ducking and weaving along, as if I was the actual fighter in the ring. IT FEELS THAT REAL.
I’m not going to lie, I expected to see Rocky (SS) in every scene, however, the director Steven Caple Jr., writer Sylvester Stallone creatively worked with Executive Producers, Ryan Coogler (Yep, from Black Panther), Michael B. Jordan, Guy Riedel to create a captivating story line for each character, without necessarily making their story lines dependent on one another to be interesting.
This movie was also produced by Sylvester Stallone, Kevin King-Templeton, Charles Winkler, William Chartoff, David Winkler, Irwin Winkler.
I haven’t been this excited about a movie in a long time, especially since Black Panther, so I will definitely recommend this movie as a MUST SEE.