The follow-up to 2015’s Creed arrived in theaters on Wednesday and is already looking to be a Thanksgiving-weekend favorite at the box office.
Taking the reigns from Creed’s original helmer Ryan Coogler, who does return to executive produce the sequel, is director Steven Caple Jr., a relative newcomer, for which Creed II is only his second feature film similar to Coogler in which the first Creed was his second feature film.
The film sees Michael B. Jordan’s Adonis Creed taking on the fight of his life against Viktor Drago, son of Ivan who famously killed Adonis’s father Apollo Creed in the ring. As well as Adonis facing life outside the ring with his girlfriend Bianca (played by Tessa Thompson), his trainer Rocky Balboa (played by Sylvester Stallone) and his mother Mary Anne (played by Phylicia Rashad).
Continuing to take cues and make references to Rocky and Creed of old, Creed II, while still being a sequel, is both nostalgic and fresh at the same time. Though I enjoyed where they took the story of Adonis Creed, if you didn’t, it’s clear that Creed II is a entertaining movie that follows the themes of the Rocky franchise: heart, determination, perseverance, love and family and guaranteed to to make you feel motivated to go for your goals when it is over.