Adonis Creed faces his next big step when his personal life and professional life begin to intertwine. On top of that, matters only get worse when the past comes forward to taunt him as his next opponent has direct ties to his father’s death. With the help of Rocky Balboa, Adonis Creed must not only confront his new adversary, but also figure out just why he is fighting in the first place.
The story is presented in a very cookie cutter format as we see the main character rise to glory, fall in hubris, and overcome the fall by the end much like many other stories. However, while overall predictable, this is not necessarily a bad thing. After all, even if it is of cookie cutter format that doesn’t mean you can’t end up with a really delicious soft baked chocolate chip cookie by the end. Can you tell that I love cookies?
The characters are presented in a way that makes them feel real. Almost as if you are really observing someone’s life. On top of that, the dialog felt natural as well as believable. You can not only feel the bond between Adonis and Rocky, but see it as well as you witness moments of a young man learning quotable one liner wisdom from an older man. In this case the older man also is his boxing coach.
In addition, there are moments of humor sprinkled throughout the film that didn’t feel exaggerated, forced, or rely on the kind of cheesy puns that cause one to make a face as if eating a not ripe lemon. Despite the fact the main character is a famous boxer, the humor is derived from natural situation within life that many people can understand or relate to.
The music is also well orchestrated as each time it plays it is very representative to what sort of situation is happening in the film. It definitely adds to the scenes as well as enhances the drama appropriately. Also, there are some clever moments in implementing Bianca’s singing (Tessa Thompson), Adonis’ lover and a music artist, as background music.
Despite that this story is about a boxer, what good is any story without a bit of drama right? This is a tricky subject as in some cases films can exaggerate situations to the point where there is just too much happening to motivate the main character to take action. This can come off as over dramatic. However, the film does very well at incrementally increasing the drama at certain points just enough to draw out the emotions of the audience without making it feel like a soap opera. And thankfully, there were no attempted added twists to try and shock value.
I will say that if you are looking a very fight heavy film then this is not the one for you. While the main plot revolves around the Adonis’ fights, the focus revolves more around him growing as a person rather than a fighter. Though there are some moments where the news would appear on the TV to subtly inform the audience on how to feel or the announcers would say certain lines during the fight so the audience can know what to think, the film was presented in good taste and did not feel forced. Despite the cookie cutter format that the story was used, it turned out to be a really good cookie. I laughed and I got a little teary eyed. I’m not afraid to admit that. And overall, I give the film an 8 out of 10.
CREED II is in theaters Wednesday, November 21st
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.
Release Date: November 21, 2018
Cast: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, Wood Harris, Andre Ward, Florian “The Big Nasty” Munteanu, Dolph Lundgren, Russell Hornsby Writer: Sylvester Stallone
Director: Steven Caple Jr.
Distributor: MGM, Warner Bros. Pictures
Runtime: 120 minutes
Official Website: www.CreedTheMovie.com
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IMDB Page: @Creed2
Wiki Link: @Creed2
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