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Creed II is just as effective as its predecessor when it comes to pumping an audience up. At its worst, the Rocky sequels have felt hokey and driven by egoism; yet, Creed II takes a page out of Creed’s book and not only challenges its protagonist’s body, but also challenges his heart. The ante has been upped in Adonis’ personal life in the new movie and it in turn makes the angle focused on his life in the ring all the more tense and terrifying.
A great aspect to Creed 2 is taking on the contrasts between characters and cultures. We get an interesting look at Russian culture and the way of life for boxers. Director Steven Caple Jr. does an nice job of using symbolism through various camera shots and imagery to display the how loss and success affects the boxers both young and old. As an added bonus, we get a bit more development within the character of Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) through his son.
The biggest issue with Creed 2 is that it’s entirely too predictable. You’ll know where it’s going from beginning to end, especially if you’re familiar with the Rocky franchise. The film does very little to stray away from Rocky’s story and simply just has Adonis follow the formula. We get the things we love like training montages and inspirational quotes by Rocky, but then everything else just feels like deja vu.