I was invited to the premier of Creed 2 this past weekend at Ster Kinekor Sandton City, and I was honored to be at such a beautiful event. The set up was great and it was a proper red carpet premier. The highlight of the red carpet was obviously the actual star of the movie Micheal B. Jordan being there himself. He was there with the director of the movie Steven Caple Jr, and his on screen rival Florian Munteanu. Needless to say the fan love was crazy and there was a lot of excitement when they showed up. This was by far the most impressive premier I have ever been to. Not to mention the entire Sandton City Ster Kinekor was shut down for this.
So after all that excitement it was time to watch the movie we all came to see, Creed 2. Now I am not going to blabber on about the history of this story, and how it connects to Rocky 4. If you don’t know go back and watch it, or don’t, choice is yours. Considering how long ago it was and the generation watching Creed, it shouldn’t be a pre-requisite. This movie should stand on its own. Which I believe it does. But it does make the experience better to know who Drago is and how deep the beef goes. Just saying.
So the way I see it, Creed 2 is a David and Goliath story, that depending on what your angle is, Adonis could be either David or Goliath. The same goes for Viktor. At the beginning we find Adonis Creed a few years after where we left him in the first movie, and to be honest he hasn’t grown up one bit. He has achieved a lot and he is still a grown man baby who can’t get out of his own way. Sylvester Stallone is still the same Rocky “Unc” Balboa, wise cracks, some inaudible mumbling and great nuggets of advice. So our two main characters haven’t changed. They also have their own stories happening separately alongside they story they have together in the movie. Which I felt was overkill as there was already so much going on.
Then we introduce our “bad guy” Viktor Drago, and his father Ivan. A story that has a lot of layers to it and not enough time to delve into it too much since there are like 2 or 3 other story lines happening. The whole plot didn’t turn out to be as predictable as I had imagined, and I must say, Steven did a great job in creating an intense cinematc spectacle of violence, love, pain, and loss. Taking over from Ryan Coogler could not have been an easy task.
But with all the cliché elements in the movie, including several training montages, there are some really redeeming qualities. The movie has a lot of heart and will push emotional buttons. It has a unique angle that you have to appreciate when you look at how Adonis and Bianca must now adjust to being parents considering circumstances. The soundtrack is also pretty good. The fight scenes will have you feeling like you are the one getting hit in the ribs. Not to mention the entrance Adonis has for the last fight is a show stopper. Creed 2 is an enjoyable movie. It might not be an Oscar contender, but it will keep you entertained until the very emotional end.
Creed 2 is out at Ster Kinekor cinemas nation wide. You can book your tickets here: https://www.sterkinekor.com/details/HO00001202