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Film: Creed II

Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson, Sylvester Stallone, Dolph Lundgren, Florian Munteanu

Director: Steven Caple Jr.

Review: Klep Napier

Rating: 4.5X's out of 5X's

I'm completely being honest when saying that the moment I heard Creed II was happening, not only was I excited, I was almost less confident in it's potential lack of success due to the rumors surrounding the plot. "Ivan Drago's son will go head to head with Adonis Creed"! It seemed like just a crash grab, it just didnt seem well thought out. I mean, atleast not for the first sequel! Why not wait until the 3rd Creed film!? Well I can gladly admit, I was wrong. Creed II is the knock out punch 2018 needed during this holiday season! Following the success of 2015's #Creed Adonis [Michael B. Jordan] steps back in the ring with more to lose than ever before. While riding the wave of success Creed is surprisingly challenged by none other than Ivan Drago's son, "Viktor Drago" to a fight. Encouraged by one greedy promoter, both with something to prove, prepare to fight for their family legacies. Where Creed wins is the heart and soul carried on from its previous film. The Creed franchise has found its groove just as it did with the previous Rocky films. It's story telling is believable, grounded, heartbreaking and uplifting all at once! Michael B. Jordan demands respect while on camera. Supporting unbelievably was Ms. Tessa Thompson returning as "Bianca" Creed's love interest. She is the backbone of our hero and this film without a question. The relationship between Adonis and Bianca are what remind us that these are real people pushing one another towards greatness. But I cannot give all credit to the hero, no, returning as the villainous Ivan Drago is Dolph Lundgren. [Rocky 4] The man who killed Apollo Creed, father of Adonis. The great writing of Stallone and Cheo Coker [Luke Cage showrunner] give us a deeper look into the man who is Drago. His motives humanize him in a way that will allow you to empathized from his point of view. The Drago/Creed/Rocky feud comes full circle with a great pay off and cameo surprises. New fans and older fans should walk away more than satisfied. Minor losses are Viktor Drago played by real boxer "Florian Munteanu" who's performance ultimately falls short. Where his dialogue and back story lack his physical brute like qualities shine. We only wish all he thinks and feels weren't left for the imagination to interpret. Overall, CREED II knocks out the competition this year with its depth, drama, heart and continuity! See this film, but not until after Rocky 4, if you're rooting for the next generation in the Rocky series to do right by its legacy!🥊💥

Creed II is in theaters now!


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