Creed II: Experiencing and Embracing the Family Ties that Connects Us (12/13/2018)

With the highly anticipated movie’s return, there was much speculation about how Creed II would measure up against its predecessor. However, after a few minutes into the film, you realize that it was well equipped and written to stand on its own.

Given the knowledge that this film was not going to be helmed by its original director Ryan Coogler, there were concerns from fans and critics that the movie’s core character storyline structure would differ. However, adding Steven Caple, Jr as director was a great addition to the Creed movie franchise. In my opinion, the movie flawlessly executed the plans and aspirations left over from the original film. The character’s storylines’ transition appeared effortless as the main character and the supporting characters displayed growth and humility. These two qualities are often lacking in today’s film standards and plot lines.

But the aspect that made me most appreciative of the movie was its display and relatability when it came to family ties and bonds. As a semi-spoiler, both of the main characters Adonis Creed, as reprised by Michael B. Jordan, and the lead antagonist Viktor Drago portrayed by Florian Munteanu, had many aspects that were in common despite their very different upbringings. I felt these similarities allowed the audience to see both characters from a different narrative, despite the shortcomings and or insecurities. I also felt by showcasing the family element in this film set up the film to be thrust into the franchise stratosphere with an entirely familiar yet different feel.
Based on the film’s success at the box office over the Thanksgiving weekend, it is no secret the film will be up for a possible third installment. However, the return of the franchise showrunner Rocky Balboa helmed by Hollywood film legend Sylvester Stallone, is improbable. His storyline was finally addressed and neatly packaged should the character and actor decide to hang up their gloves in so many ways. Also, the actor himself expressed that after 40 years, he was ready to give the franchise over to the bright and buzzing talent of Michael B. Jordan.

At the time of this article post, Creed III has yet to be announced. However, with the creation of the Adonis Creed Family and the potential to bring back other characters from the past to stand in the way of Adonis’ title, Creed III would definitely be a great contender in the ring of movie releases by 2020.