Bell rings for nostalgic Creed II
Rated: M Review: Callum Hunter Rating: 7
Rocky eight! That is what we are up to now with the release of Creed II, starring Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone and Tessa Thompson.
There is more than a hint of nostalgia in this movie with Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) returning, bringing with him his very big and very scary looking son Viktor (Florian Munteanu) to challenge Adonis Creed.
Any Rocky fan will remember Adonis’ father Apollo was killed in the ring by Ivan Drago in Rocky IV, with Creed II seeming to serve as a ‘rematch’, three decades on.
Viktor Drago is simply monstrous, the huge figure of Florian Munteanu is intimidating even as an audience member, but we discover there is more to the big brute than meets the eye.
Without spoiling the plot, a reversal of the outcome of the final fight would have been a much more compelling movie and would have provided a franchise shaking twist.
It was refreshing to see Drago Sen. carry some emotion to the point of being heart-warming in the final bout of the film.
Jordan does well once again as the passionate if emotional Creed, supported by Tessa Thompson as his on-screen wife Bianca.
Slightly predictable but still enjoyable, Creed II cannot help but feel like a modern rehash of the third and fourth films in the franchise, following a similar plot to Rocky III while Creed goes up against Drago as in Rocky IV.
Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) is back for his eighth appearance in Creed II alongside Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan).