Nothing like an exciting trailer to start your morning! Based off the trailer, Creed II has everything that made Creed successful. Fast action, great music (Hello, Kendrick), and Michael B. Jordan. I will be the first to say that Creed was such a pleasant surprise. When I first heard that the studio was adding a new addition to the Rocky series that would be based on Apollo Creed’s son, I was not interested. Rocky V left such a bad taste in my mouth that I never thought the franchise would recover. Rocky Balboa (Rocky VI) was solid and a huge improvement from Rocky V, but I had little interest in continuing the story of the Italian Stallion.
I am proud to say that I was completely wrong. Creed was amazing from start to finish. The underdog spirit of Rocky Balboa was updated to reflect the current times and Sly Stallone pass the torch to Michael B. Jordan. Everything from the camera work (the one-take fight scene is spectacular) to the storyline to the music worked to perfection and that can be credited to Ryan Coogler. Coogler provided the breath of fresh air that the series needed while still keeping the same themes and principles that were implemented by Stallone over 40 years ago. Plus, it doesn’t hurt to have the acting ability and charisma of Michael B. Jordan leading your film. That’s a recipe for success.
Creed II sets the stage for Adonis vs. Viktor Drago. Adonis is fighting to avenge his father’s death at the hands of Viktor’s father, Ivan. The Drago family vs. Rocky and Adonis is a tag team match that I would pay good money to see. I have high hopes for Creed II and I can’t wait to see it come November.