Get ready to enter the world of boxing and experience a journey that takes you on a roller coaster of emotions, science, fiction and conspiracies that a wrestler goes through in his life to achieve success and experience the impact of failures he gets when he looses. The story of this sequel to the creed series is a continuation to the 2015 part. It has been directed by Steve caple Jr. under the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures banner.
Creed II was released in the United States by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures on November 21, 2018. The film has grossed $119 million worldwide and received generally positive reviews from critics, who praised the cast and character development, calling it a “solid, if predictable” sequel. Creed 2 is being loved by the fans and has been rated 7.6 out of 10 on IMbD.
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Cast and crew of the movie
Michael B Jordon as Adonis creed: An underdog but talented heavyweight boxer and the son of world heavyweight champion. He goes by the name Donnie Johnson.
Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa: A two-time world heavyweight champion and Apollo’s rival-turned-friend who becomes Adonis’ trainer and mentor. He owns and operates an Italian restaurant in Philadelphia named after his deceased wife, Adrian.
Tessa Thompson as Bianca Taylor: Adonis’s girlfriend, who since becomes his fiancée and the mother of his child. Also a singer-songwriter with progressive hearing loss.
Dolph Lundgren as Ivan Drago: former prize champion boxer, who with the secret use of steroids and advanced training, gained worldwide attention due to his brute strength that had not been seen before. Years prior, he killed Apollo Creed during an exhibition boxing match, and was later defeated by Rocky. Having been disgraced in Russia, he relocated to Ukraine to raise his son Viktor, whom he also trained to box.
Russel Hornsby as Buddy: A boxing promoter who sets up the match between Adonis Creed and Viktor Drago.
Wood Harris and Tony little: Nothing here has been freshly thought out, nor is there a drop of surprise as to the story’s trajectory, forcing the viewer to tolerate conventional emotional beats and stale plot contrivances.
Odie Henderson of RogerEbert.com gave the film three out of four stars, stating that “Creed II falls victim to the sins of sequelitis—it’s bigger, louder and more grandiose than its predecessor—yet manages to right itself by not losing focus on the humanity of its central characters.”
According to Owen Gleiberman of Variety the film is rousing and effective he further wrote that Creed II has been made with heart and skill, and Jordan invests each moment with such fierce conviction that he makes it all seem like it matters. Even if it all mattered a notable notch more in Creed.
Eric Kohn of IndieWire gave the film a “B”, praising Stallone’s performance and saying: “Kramer Morgenthau’s cinematography lacks the showy steadicam acrobatics of Creed, but the climactic battle between Adonis and Viktor still delivers a dazzling light show that dovetails right into the visceral mayhem of the battle, captured from so many angles some viewers may reel from the punches themselves.
Michael B. Jordan’s ferocious performance anchors a sequel that’s rousing and effective but lacks the powerful punch of the first ‘Creed’. Overall the film has bagged mixed reviews from critics but is still running smoothly and is being loved by the fans.
Todd Mcarthy has said that nothing here has been freshly thought out, nor is there a drop of surprise as to the story’s trajectory, forcing the viewer to tolerate conventional emotional beats and stale plot contrivances
Box Office Collection of the Movie
As of December 9, 2018, Creed II has grossed $96.1 million in the United States and Canada, and $23.2 million in other territories, for a total worldwide gross of $119.3 million, against a production budget of $50 million.
Trivia and Ratings of the Movie
‘Creed’, the first entry on this new saga, was directed by filmmaker Ryan Coogle who won’t come back for this movie. On his place, Sylvester Stallone was in talks to sit behind the camera, but he gave the opportunity to Steven Caple Jr.
The movie is directed by Steven Caple Jr., and written by Juel Taylor and Sylvester Stallone, from a story by Sascha Penn and Cheo Hodari Coker.
Creed 2 is the sequel to Creed (2015) and the eighth installment in the Rocky film series.The movie stars Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Dolph Lundgren, Florian Munteanu, Wood Harris, and Phylicia Rashad.
The film follows a fight over 30 years in the making, as Adonis Creed meets a new adversary in the ring: Viktor Drago, son of Ivan Drago, the powerful athlete who killed Adonis’ father Apollo Creed.
Sylvester Stallone and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures CEO Gary Barber confirmed on January 5, 2016, to Variety that a sequel to Creed was in development. In April 2018, it was revealed that Milo Ventimiglia would have an appearance in the film as Rocky’s son.
Sylvester Stallone said ‘’goodbye’’ to Rocky Balboa with a touching post on Instagram and thanked all the people who loved his character. He said that this is the end and that Rocky never dies because he lives in everybody’s hearts.
The movie premiered on November 14, 2018 at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. Running time of the movie is 130 minutes. The budget for the movie was 50 million dollars.
Vince DiCola, composer of Rocky IV was originally rumored to return to score the film, but stated in a Facebook post: “I would have loved to return, however that’s just how Hollywood works. We don’t always get what we want.”
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