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Its one of the actors very best moments, and it creeps into the movie with the same unexpected appeal that Creed landed in the first place.
Sure, there are ample sentimental moments, but theyre quite predictable.
For a film whose heros purpose is to uppercut the expectations embroiled in his name, Creed II ironically and regrettably takes refuge in its franchis ..
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With this sequel, however, the Creed franchise seems destined to travel the same road the Rocky franchise did; the intensely personal and original vis ..
0 If Ryan Cooglers Creed didnt exist and Steven Caple Jr.s Creed II had been the first reboot of the Rocky franchise, then it would kind of be an okay ..
It accomplishes its modest goals, and yet whats frustrating about this latest chapter in the Adonis Creed saga is that, whatever ambitions it might ha ..
Updating us on one of Rockys most fearsome opponents, the sequel lands some solid punches on its conventionally satisfying route to vengeance.
But in some ways, it works better as a Rocky sequel than it does as a Creed sequel.
Creed II tries so hard to live up to its predecessor that it doesnt end up having much of its own identity.
And its out of nowhere success all but guaranteed another sequel.
Despite some plot predictability and a little clunky dialogue, this film ably follows up Ryan Cooglers fine Creed with strong performances and emotion ..
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But thats not to say it fails on any deeper level than that: its a sturdy second round after a cracking first one.
However, on its own terms, its an enjoyable sequel that nimbly brings Adonis into the fold of the original films.It works this time, but hopefully, if ..
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Overall, Sly and co writer Juel Taylor have nailed down a script that, coupled with Caples smart and gritty direction, gives CREED II an edge that mak ..
Michael B Jordan and Sylvester Stallone are back to take on a beast from the east, but this sequel isnt as light on its feet Without director Ryan Coo ..
Before he delivered arguably Marvels most dazzling chapter to date, Ryan Coogler had managed something close to impossible in Hollywood: he had found ..
All of this recycled plotting is packaged as intentioned legacy buildingas history repeats itselfbut its really just an excuse for the same old sequel ..
Perhaps the screenwriters think this is all a clever and epic homage.
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Its also a film that wears its subtext on its stars and stripes robe.
Creed II is a respectable if not revelatory sequel to the sequel, even if it lacks its predecessors grace and narrative texture.
Like the first sequel, it suffers from the necessity of having to move forward a story that was perfectly closed at the end of its predecessor.While C ..
There is more pleasure in watching Rocky Balboa call the Philly DPW about a broken street light than in the films climactic fight.
If the original Creed was a straight up knockout from bell to bell, the sequel takes its time with body blows from all directions to ultimately get yo ..
(The Land) weaves this all together effectively.This film is both moving and exciting.
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10 1 8 / 10 There were few expectations for 2015s Creed. It seemed like such an unnecessary production, seemingly created to squeeze a few more bucks ..
The original film served as a spin off of the Rocky series and a sequel within it, giving us a new character and adding new layers to an iconic one.
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It concludes with somebody literally throwing in the towel, which is something that the filmmakers should probably think about doing in terms of conti ..
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Like most any sequel, this follow up isnt as good as the original, but it has enough fight left in it to go the distance and end up winning over the s ..
As the eighth instalment in an ancient boxing franchise, Creed II should not be this good.Yet at times it is flat out thrilling.
Creed II does not give us anything but another, slightly superior Rocky sequel. It wins on points. Just dont expect a knockout.
This is a return to that punch drunk Rocky movie vibe, with obvious heroes and villains and internal conflicts that are vivid but never go very deep.
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Nothing here has been freshly thought out, nor is there a drop of surprise as to the storys trajectory, forcing the viewer to tolerate conventional em ..
Even when the plotting is at its most clunky, the film never loses its raw emotional power.
An unabashed Cold War throwback, Creed II may not be the freshest entry in the franchise, but its a solid sports drama that makes the most of its soul ..
We can only hope that whatever the next instalment has to tell us, it is delivered with more clarity and less cliche.
Sometimes the familiarity that comes with a sequel especially with good actors can be a blessing in short handing a dramatic tone.
It doesnt help, certainly, that Caple Jr. somehow manages to bungle the films various training and boxing sequences, as the directors styleless approa ..
Our hero falls back on the training and management expertise of Little Duke (Wood Harris), who steps up temporarily but can push him only so far.
But this epic Greek tragedy, this Shakespearean drama that is the Rocky franchise, has always been about the characters.
The wannabe light heavyweight champions are haunted by their respective pasts and the earnest desire to honour the legacy of their respective pugilist ..
I was rooting for Creed, I promise, but theres something thrilling about Dragos animal ruthlessness and the way Lundgren finesses it when the script f ..
The climactic fight arrives on a tide of feelings and ends with a flood of tears.
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Though Creed II is serviced by the callbacks to its roots theres a quiet confidence that this series could go the distance with or without the charms ..
Creed II is technically Rocky VIII and most franchises are out for the count by this point.(Im looking at you, The Fate of the Furious and Alvin and t ..
This irony is just present enough to make you wish Lundgren and Munteanu had more screen time.
Creed II carries you along, but its less exhilarating and more programmatic.
But as predictable as it is, the film still manages to hit an array of powerful emotional chords.
As if it cannot conceive of a movie about athletes that isnt built on damaged men who wouldnt have their lives any other way.And so Creed II feels ver ..
Creed 2 is both traditional and fresh, nostalgic and contemporary, and overall makes its presence felt.
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The movie occasionally works in its own crude way, and theres enough residual feeling left in Jordans and Thompsons performances to stir even the skep ..
This is just as interesting as the Creed family drama, in addition to being less predictable.
In 2015, Ryan Cooglers Creed reinvigorated Sylvester Stallones iconic Rocky franchise.
Thompson gives a performance just as sensitive and strong willed as her last, and her chemistry with Jordan is even greater this time. Jordan continue ..
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Creeds interactions with Rocky and Bianca remain charming, but the film doesnt quite have the heart of Cooglers original instalment.
But what makes a franchise really compelling is a strong arc for its protagonist.
One thing Ive learned in all my 40+ years of watching movies never underestimate Sylvester Stallone when it comes to the success of Rocky movies.Thoug ..
The drama with the Dragos finds even footing in the world of Adonis Creed, offering a modicum of credibility as it strains to fight off its lack of or ..
Thats hardly the nub of it.There are too many trifling ideas, and too much plot, stuffed into Creed II to make it the sleek powerhouse that its predec ..
And yet, there remains something utterly compelling about this film despite its handful of shortcomings.
It definitely feels like it too.Gone are the little moments of humanity that punched us in the gut when the suspense of victory was absent.
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Rocky IV told us heart and people who cared about you counted more than cold, centralized planning.
Rocky IV is a ludicrous movie that is so preposterous that its impossible not to have fun watching.
It isnt nearly as bracing and worthwhile as director Ryan Cooglers Creed three years ago.
Unorthodox underwater training imagery and one of the best pre bigtime fight montages the franchise has ever seen only raise the stakes.
Shame, and the struggle to get past it, is a big theme here, for antagonist and protagonist alike.
But the tone of the films has moved on.All this delightfully ripe material is accommodated within a project that cares for characterisation and knows ..
The series could realistically end with this installment and it would be a high note, but this franchise still has plenty of fight left.
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The most frustrating thing about the film stems from the classic sequel problem: Creed II doesnt have much of a reason to exist except to sell tickets ..
However predictable the finale and overly cute the symmetries as dangling plot threads are neatly tied up, this is a hugely entertaining film.
I dont know that this is an objectively good movie, but it is a fine Rocky movie.
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Despite writer/director Ryan Coogler returning only as a producer for the sequel, Creed II manages to maintain a high level of quality.The story build ..
Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone again provide a potent one two combo, in a movie filled with nostalgic callbacks that make the most of the fr ..
But the formula it follows is familiar, and its in ring storytelling lacks punch.
Creed 2 is a commendable chapter in the franchise, thriving from a strong commitment to character, mostly thanks to Stallones reverence to his own leg ..
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But I really loved Creed, and just enough of that movies spark carried over to its sequel to keep me invested.
In short, its a darn good sequel, and its safe to say I kind of loved just about every single second of it.
Whether this is real or not, you are definitely invited to enjoy the ride because Creed 2 packs as many emotional and thriller punches as you need and ..
"It is the quintessential feel good movie full of Bollywood style drama and masala, anchored by a plot ludicrous enough to to keep you entertained wit ..
Despite the intrigue of these questions, Creed 2 is more concerned with getting to its inevitable rematch that the journey suffers for the destination ..
It may struggle in the other departments, but Creed II is a really satisfying Rocky movie.
And while Cooglers writing can sometimes descend into full on schmaltzy melodrama, youll still find yourself fully engaged and invested in the story, ..
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But its all so purposefully secondhand, deliberately designed to remind you of he previous films you loved without going anywhere exciting or new.
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This very basic, but often forgotten, story fundamental is thankfully not forgotten in the ongoing superhero genre of boxing movies.
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Despite Stallones presence as a co lead, and the events of the past looming large over Adonis, Creed managed to pay homage to its predecessor while fo ..
Look, this is formula filmmaking at its finest.Or at least most lucrative.
Though it lacks the knockout blow of Ryan Cooglers first, unable to live up to the genuine surprise of a great series spin off, its still an entertain ..
However, what this film lacks in outright originality, it makes up for in drama.
You could laugh at all this over neat remedial psychology, but theres no time because Creed II rattles along at a very pleasing pace, and warmly embra ..
Its simply a warning for the sequel franchise, which is only on its second movie.
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Rocky IV was less a narrative film than a hyperbolic comic strip, forgoing any of the original films restraint and maturity in place of a big, dumb WW ..
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THIS, the EIGHTH(!) instalment of the Rocky saga shows once more the brevity and often under appreciated talents of Sylvester Stallone, in his finest ..
Moments like this remind us how great a movie can be when it makes you do the wondering.So much of Creed II, alas, is spent doing the oppositedouble u ..
But despite a somewhat cheesier, more blatantly rousing tone, Creed II continues Cooglers strategy of turning hokey franchise plot points into affecti ..
Its a notch below its predecessor and it doesnt cover much new ground but Creed II should win over most paying customers.
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Ultimately, Creed II lacks a knockout punch; more a split decision.
New director Steven Caple Jr (Emmett Till) keeps the film at a simmer in between the bouts and his cast are uniformly terrific.
A pleasant crowd pleaser.Ryan Coogler, having gone on to bigger and bigger things with Black Panther, steps aside and lets relative newcomer Steven Ca ..
The film is slickly shot. And the fight scenes are nicely choreographed. You feel the pain of the boxers as they slug it out.
Even though weve seen this movie before (and more than once), theres a strong beating heart to this franchise.
Chicago Sun Times
An exciting, entertaining sequel that never manages to match the strength of the first film.
It is perhaps fitting that a film all about characters struggling to escape the crushing weight of expectations would itself have to grapple with simi ..
You can feel the punches being landed... because you care about the characters.
And just as Creed was a great Rocky film in its own right, Creed II is a fantastic Creed and Rocky sequel, cashing in the cheesy jingoism of 1985s Roc ..
But Stallone, along with co writer Jule Taylor and incoming director Steven Caple Jr. have crafted a story that embraces the rich mythology of this fr ..
Punch Drunk Critics
The original Rocky appeal stemmed from its heros modest goal to go the distance, not win championships, fame or fortune.Here, its all about winning.
For Creed II to do a Creed style dramatic exploration of the aftermath of pure 80s cheese is a bold move, and a successful one.
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While delivering plenty of kinetic visuals, the bouts have a dull predictability about them as you can guess the arc of the match even before the firs ..
There are a couple of fun cameos from other characters you might remember in this saga that never seems to see an end game, and the movie delivers exa ..
Where Creed explored the darker themes of life, the sequel prefers to celebrate its finer moments.
Ivan Drago has a soul kids, and life will never be the same again.If Creed II marks the end of the Rocky franchise, its a satisfying and wholesome con ..
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Sylvester Stallone, who steps into the writing chair once again with Juel Taylor, creates narrative structures that are wholly engaging.
Despite a predictable script and workmanlike execution behind the camera, the cast elevates the material with their performances to craft another ente ..
Who knew you could successfully inject fresh blood into a then 39 year old franchise
Movie review Its always fun to decry a formulaic movie except when the formula actually works.
This film is as much Rockys as it is Creeds.It wont ever be Creeds time until the day comes when Stallone decides to walk away from the franchise.
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Creed II continues this as a really solid sequel despite director Ryan Coogler and writer Aaron Covington not returning to the franchise.
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Its funny, too, that this sequel should feel like its struggling to fill its predecessors shoes, given the way its characters struggle with much the s ..
Just as Rocky was too low key and charming to spawn a fully worthy successor for several decades, Creed so elevates its franchise roots that even a pr ..
By no means is it notably bad for a Rocky sequel, not even below average; but given the overall quality level of the Rocky sequels, thats a pretty mea ..
Creed II ramps up the nostalgia in a story thats as much a family drama as a boxing movie.
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But it honours the genre and still has enough vitality to make us feel the thrill again.
I was along for this safe ride and enjoyed every bump and hill I saw coming.
The best guess is lots and lots and lots of repetitions at the gym which is essentially the strategy behind the eighth Rocky movie in the last 42 year ..
CREED II find a legacy through making mistakes. Its messy, and we dont always bring out the best parts of ourselves. The trick is to breathe, listen, ..
An arguably unnecessary sequel without original director Ryan Coogler, the man who helmed 2015s Creed and reinvigorated a 39 year old franchise, it wa ..
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The look of this film is noticeably slicker and more commercial that its predecessor.
Daily Film Fix
Nevertheless, a surprise free movie can be a satisfying one, if the grace notes are played with care.
Overall, for a film about a boxers life, the fighting sequences are what holds the pulse of the narrative. But here the fighting scenes are poorly pac ..
If only Creed II would have adhered to the legendary boxing champs advice!.I grant you that the latest chapter in the Rocky saga and the follow up to ..
The sequel isnt in the same lofty space as the first Creed, but its a sure crowd pleaser with some added emotional punch.
The sequel gives us more of the same but less, at least from a narrative perspective.
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This sequel to the singular Creed is a Rocky movie in the worst sense of the word.
Washington City Paper
Even if you can guess the answer, the fight scenes are so excellent theyll still have you holding your breath and white knuckling some object, like yo ..
Creed II is a reliable sequel, though it never quite lives up to the legacy of its own predecessor.
Stallone still retains that wise, charming personality that everyone recognizes and love.
The film never quite finds a consistent tone but it never stops being entertaining either.
Overall, Creed II is another winner in the Rocky/Creed franchise. If not for anything, watch it for the love of Rocky Balboa, it looks like, this migh ..
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But, like its predecessor, Creed II is much better than it has any right to be.
People can keep making these movies and no one will mind.In pop cultural terms maybe in art terms, as well what Sylvester Stallone invented with Rocky ..
Against Rockys advice, Creed cant resist and accepts the challenge.
Its not quite as smart as Creed, or quite as beautiful, and it doesnt have as much depth or nuance or texture. But its got enough to deliver something ..
Keep ones expectations low. If you can do that, then Creed II delivers well beyond them.
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There are many others peppered throughout the film and its a fun exercise to match it to the original scene.The chemistry between the cast members whe ..
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Caple acquits himself well and delivers the formula with confidence.
Who knew we missed Rocky so muchCreed II drags here and there, but Stallone keeps Rocky endearing and Jordan has the kind of intensity and earnestness ..
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The third and fourth fall into formula and even borderline parody yet remain highly enjoyable.
...the same thumping and grinding sports movie clichs and oodles of heavy duty macho soul baring.
And so its hard to avoid being cliche and predictable when countless others have executed the same mission.
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There is nothing wrong with Creed II other than the fact that it isnt Creed.
The end result is a brilliantly entertaining movie with tons of heart.
Its a step down from its predecessor, but hey, arent we all It works well enough as yet another Rocky sequel.
The predictable plotting couldnt care less about unorthodox, but the movie does offer one genuine surprise: the Drago family drama actually eclipses a ..
Its satisfying and warm, but not something you want to be doing all the time.
Audiences will wish that this fight film started with an explosion.
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See it and smile.If all that popcorn has left you in need of something more substantial, Disobedience (15)*** is worth a bite.
Somewhere under the cliches theres something heartfelt to be said, but Stallone and first time screenwriter Juel Taylor simply dont land their jabs.
When they arrive: oh yeah, thats the good stuff.In article Ad Slot Its a broader flick than the Ryan Coogler directed Creed, in the same way that Rock ..
Creed hits many of the same story beats as the original Rocky but is very much its own entity, introducing a compelling new character and taking an ol ..
The super sized Swedes return to his most iconic role is just one of the grace notes in a sequel that builds on the world of Sylvester Stallones boxin ..
The series moved away from the Italian Stallone to a fresh face.Unfortunately, Creed II doesnt advance Adonis narrative, instead opting to extend Rock ..
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By interrogating one of film historys most persistent foundational myths, Coogler orchestrated a kind of narrative coup, using one of Hollywoods favor ..
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Creed II is a respectable if not revelatory sequel to the sequel, even if it lacks its predecessors grace and narrative texture.
Its plonked in to provide tension and drama but succeeds at neither.
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This is a film excellent enough to inspire a new generation of fans in waiting.
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It took time and couple of not great movies for studio execs to realize audiences no longer desired narratives centred on Rocky Balboa.Watching a now ..
Oh, so what if it isnt the knockout the original Creed was.This one still lands its punches, even if a little more softly.
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Im not sure Ive ever been more bored than watching what is essentially a cookie cutter Rocky movie.
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It is now followed by a sequel, Creed 2..It too is a solid, enjoyable sports movie.
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Whilst Creed 2 plays it safe and doesnt hit the heights of its predecessor, its still an effective, hard hitting story that honours what came before a ..
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Yet it also functions as an utterly enjoyable genre movie, if not with the terse realism of its predecessor.
Okay, fine, Im choosing all the scenes.Its the feel good movie we deserve.
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Essentially hand picked by Coogler to take on the sequel, Caple orchestrates a worthy sequel that still has those needed references to the Rocky franc ..
This multilayered approach to storytelling, both expository and sensory, is a tenet of extraordinary filmmaking.
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The fight scenes are appropriately intense and amazingly choreographed, and the performances are all solid, making it an overall enjoyable experience.
The writing is overdone, the dialogue stiff and the story bloated.
And technically it ticks all the boxes; the bouts are genuinely thrilling and well shot.One final burst of boxing analogies before the bell rings Cree ..
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The Rocky franchise may create mixed emotions for many, but it remains one of the great American franchises in cinematic history.
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As for the more active aspects of the film, well the boxing is good.Maybe not executed with quite the stylistic flair that Coogler demonstrated, but s ..
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Stallone and debuting co writer Juel Taylor have fleshed out more layers of storytelling sinew than most Rocky movies deserve.
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Ultimately its grounded in those recognisable genre fundamentals.
Ultimately, Creed II delivers a solid one two punch that will leave you entertained.
Plain and simple.Theres no 2018 context nor even a whiff of deeper meaning.
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But it has enough saving graces to make it consistently watchable.
Its irresistible material or at least it would be if the film ever bothered to offer any narrative surprises or unexpected character beats.
Playing like the greatest hits of every Rocky sequel to date, Creed II is bigger and its hits thud harder, but it misses the emotional focus and fines ..
But other than this phenomenal piece of tone gymnastics, it delivers a pretty standard but effective Rocky sequel.
The actors are all on point, the storytelling through action is brutal, crisp and satisfying and whichever of the two credited screenwriters came up w ..
Weve got the tissues ready for Brian as we sob through our memories of the first Creed movie before we bring our full thoughts on the sequel as we ans ..
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Adam and Josh debate whether the anthologys morbid preoccupation is ultimately nihilistic or hopeful, but they agree that the film is leavened by mome ..
The limited time Stallone is given is effective and often compelling, yet the film serves too many moving parts and distances Rocky and Adonis far too ..
And like Adonis, what proves most remarkable is how successfully what could easily be dismissed as a lesser copy or pale imitation combats a suffocati ..
Its preposterous.Its a serious follow up to Rocky IV three decades after the fact.
Its a Rocky movie, just the latest go round, its story more formulaic, its people less specific, its rhythms as wheezily familiar as a workout you sho ..
Miami New Times
This gives Creed II some of the updated energy that enlivened the original Creed, but its weird seeing the Rust Belt spirit of Rocky transposed to sun ..
Gripping and poignant, Creed II marks the humble passing of the mantle. Just need Mr. Ts son for next time.
Feeling to have less energy than the preceding film, its still an enjoyable and competently made follow up; with its deep ties to the fan favorite Roc ..
It is a shame that such talented is wasted even when Creed II is content being only a boxing movie.
The way the two handle Adoniss attempt at an engagement proposal is a great mix of silly and sweet that makes their connection feel lived in and real. ..
The way disability gets used as a plot device to further Adonis narrative feels mishandled.
Its characters remain impressively thought out, but whats hindering the film is how rote it all feels.
This is no stale tale, mind you, but one that kinda feels lacking in places.
Creed II is under a new director, but the film rarely feels like it.
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It became an instant classic in the boxing movie canon, scoring a Golden Globe for Sylvester Stallone as an emotionally vulnerable and battle weary Ro ..
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