While Creed II doesn’t quite break the mould of sequels that suffer from the brilliance of their predecessor, it doesn’t let you down on any of the classic Rocky lore, themes, narrative or iconic imagery. If anything, this is more visceral than any film in the franchise’s history. Director Steven Caple Jnr. made sure of that.
Creed defied many critics and doubters by showing that what is on the surface a bizarre concept at best worked exceptionally well with the Michael B. Jordan and Ryan Cooger combination. Creed II benefits from the stage that was set by the first of the modern day revisions of the definitive boxing film franchise, despite losing Coogler.
Creed II is a story that touches on the importance of fatherhood, redemption and overcoming adversity: all with that formulaic Rocky plot – though we love it all the more for that.