CREED II (M) Re­tains the ti­tle of ev­ery­one’s favourite glove story, US, 130 min

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Just so we have our movie maths straight, this se­cond Creed in­stal­ment is also the eighth chap­ter in the Rocky saga, a melo­dra­matic col­lec­tion of hard-fought wins and heart­break­ing losses stretch­ing all the way back to 1976. While this se­quel isn’t quite as fresh or fleet of foot as its pre­de­ces­sor, it still lands telling blows in all the right places, and ends with its arms held aloft in tri­umph. Now the undis­puted world champ, bril­liant boxer Ado­nis Creed (Michael B. Jor­dan) is still young, but not so hun­gry. Per­haps a grudge match against Ukrainian man-moun­tain Vik­tor Drago - son of Ivan (Dolph Lund­gren), the no­to­ri­ous fighter who killed his fa­ther - might re-mo­ti­vate our hero? His vet­eran trainer, the Ital­ian Stal­lion him­self, Rocky Bal­boa (Sylvester Stal­lone), is not so sure. The fran­chise for­mula of an un­der­dog over­com­ing im­pos­si­ble odds gets a few mild tweaks, but noth­ing that will scare die-hard fans away. They’ll be too busy steel­ing them­selves for the crack­ing stoush that awaits when the bell rings for the fi­nal act.

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