Synopsis: In 1985, Russian boxer Ivan Drago killed former U.S. champion Apollo Creed in a tragic match that stunned the world. Against the wishes of trainer Rocky Balboa, Apollo's son Adonis Johnson accepts a challenge from Drago's son -- another dangerous fighter. Under guidance from Rocky, Adonis trains for the showdown of his life -- a date with destiny that soon becomes his obsession. Now, Johnson and Balboa must confront their shared legacy as the past comes back to haunt each man.
Main Feature: I can and will freely admit that I am not a "Rocky" fan. I appreciate the first, but if I want a truly emotional experience boxing film experience, then I will put on "Raging Bull" in a heartbeat. "Rocky" was a star-maker and a franchise starter. The longer the series went, the slower, plodding manner it expressed itself was like a hum-drum boxing match: when will it end? I was neither invested nor ignorant of it. Just wasn't my cup of tea. So when the first "Creed" was released, I didn't have a jumping-for-joy reaction. Those involved were talented, and Is till enjoyed the film quite a bit. Same thing with it's sequel "Creed II." But now we're entering my feelings for the original "Rocky" series: where is the end? I know its only a first film, but its still a spinoff. Regardless, "Creed II" is fun and enjoyable enough for those invested in the "Rocky" franchise and characters. Stallone is still good as Balboa, clearly relishing the character he created 40+ years ago still having legs and longevity to the present. "Creed II" suffers from a lack of Ryan Coogler around (he stepped aside from directing "II" after his success with the first), a visionary of a new era of filmmakers. What the real thing the films can do now is strike a chord of nostalgia, and "Creed II" does just that.
Special Features: A small batch of extras that are standard fare. Deleted scenes, casting featurettes, focuses on actors/characters. Nothing to write home about.
Final Call: "Creed II" is an enjoyable boxing movie that continues the nostalgic punch for "Rocky" fans.