Review: Creed II, defending the legacy of Rocky Balboa

// By: Staff

Fri January 4, 2019

By: Kika Jurado/ @kikajurado

When Ryan Coogler started the project that brought Sylvester Stallone back as Rocky Balboa in 2015, no one imagined the success it would have in the box office and international criticism. Creed (2015), starring the young promise Michael B. Jordan, was a great film that marked a new chapter of the saga through an emotional portrait that unites a couple of characters united by the legacy.

What is interesting about the film is that although it is based on the stories of the Rocky franchise, it has an independent narrative spirit that was characterized by delving into the dramatic motivations of its protagonists. The psychology of the characters showed us the most human side of Adonis Johnson, son of Apollo Creed, and the mettle of the legendary boxer combining epic clashes in the ring. In addition, the film put Coogler in the critical eye as an innovative director and Stallone won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.

This year, the new saga continues, now directed by Steven Caple Jr., and takes up the success story of Adonis through a summary made by Michael B. Jordan at the beginning of the film to remind the viewer of all the elements taken from the saga of Rocky and its predecessor. Adonis’s father, Apollo Creed, dies in a fight against Ivan Drago played by Dolph Lundgren who in turn loses his last boxing match against Rocky Balboa. Iván loses everything and years later seeks revenge against Rocky through his son Viktor Drago and challenges Adonis to a fight, emotionally provoking him. Balboa refuses but Adonis needs to confront the murderer of his father falling into an emotional whirlwind caused by the tragedy, the abandonment and his newly formed family.

The film plays with its elements in an ingenious way that is immediately captivating, achieving a wave of sensations typical of an epic battle. Photographer Kramer Morgenthau uses exceptional camera movements such as close-ups and close-ups to heighten the experience of what a boxer perched in the ring sees. The music again emulates the earlier dramatic fights in a manipulative yet permissive way. A couple of licenses are needed to keep up with them, which are the ideal seasoning for this film.

Narratively, Adonis has unclear motivations to fight for, even absurd and unjustifiable, so the plot is unbelievable and feels forced to fit into its premise. Even so, the richness of the history as a franchise, the direction and the performances, make this second part an immersive experience by going to the reunion of characters that are familiar to us and that are even perceived with nostalgia and affection.

Creed II will be Sylvester Stallone’s last film as Rocky Balboa, the actor shared an emotional video on his Instagram passing the baton to Michael B. Jordan to continue the saga and although the film does not add anything new to sports dramas and is quite average Compared to its predecessor, it is extremely entertaining and contains great moments of action, humor and nostalgia that highlight family, affective and endearing ties.

Review Creed II defending the legacy of Rocky Balboa

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