Creed 2 is the sequel to the first Creed movie. It follows Adonis Johnson (Michael B.Jordan) aka Donnie Johnson as he tries to follow in his father Apollo Creed’s (Carl Weathers) footsteps and become a lightweight boxer. He is trained by the great Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone). In Creed, Adonis started to fight but ended up getting beat up. He stumbles upon Rocky’s Italian restaurant, and after a long discussion Rocky says yes to training Adonis. Rocky learns he has cancer and refuses treatment. Donnie fights a local rival, “Pretty” Ricky Conlan (Tony Bellew), and loses the fight along with the light heavyweight championship belt, but he still gains the respect of Conlan.
Creed 2 starts out with Adonis fighting easier fighters so he can gain the light heavyweight belt that he couldn’t gain in the last movie. The strategy works, and he wins the title; but peace doesn’t last long. Soon, Adonis is challenged by Ivan Drago’s son (Florian Munteanu) to a match for the belt. Rocky and Bianca don’t want Adonis to fight against him because Ivan Drago killed Adonis’ dad, Apollo, in Rocky IV. In that movie Ivan is beaten by Rocky and is disowned by his family so he is using his son to exact revenge on Rocky and Creed during this fight. Adonis fights him anyway, and barely wins by a DQ (disqualification) and is challenged to a rematch. After a lot of training, Adonis is ready to fight how will it end.
The albums of movies can make or break any movie. Playing emotional music at the right time could make the sad or happy movie scenes feel more at relatable to the audience, drawing their attention and keeping them involved in the scene playing. The album in Creed 2 was a mixture of R&B and Hip-hop music playing each genre at the perfect time. Songs featured many known artists and some unknown artists, with even Tessa Thompson (Bianca) having her own song.
These artists include Lil Wayne, Bon Iver, Slim Jxmmi, Rick Ross, Swae Lee, J. Cole, Ari Lennox, Kendrick Lamar, Kodak Black, Juicy J, Nicki Minaj, Ama Lou, Ludwig Goransson, and Ella Mai. Some of the songs include features and others are alone.
Fight scenes were full of emotion like you were there in the actual fight right next to Adonis, taking and throwing every punch. The blood, sweat, and tears makes you feel how much pain the fighters experienced and how tired they were. Even if Adonis had his opponent on the ropes, you never knew if the opposition was going to get back up and turn the table; that minor aspect helped keep the audience on the edge of their seat until the bitter end. Along with the different feels of each fight, during each fight, Adonis never knew who he was fighting and what their weakness was, so it was jaw dropping to see a fighter you thought was just a filler to the next fight actually hold their own weight.
This movie was a great follow-up to its predecessor and wraps up it nicely. From the training scenes to the heart felt emotional moments in between the fights and training, I give the sequel a 7.5/10.