Creed 2 Review: 8 Reasons Why You May Love It!
Don’t listen to the haters giving bad reviews about the Creed 2 movie. They’re bored.
Note: The producers did a great job with Creed 2 and the acting was amazing. The actors transmitted all the ranges of emotions necessary for each scene. I liked Creed II better than the first Creed movie, surprisingly. And nope. I didn’t get paid to write this. I just felt I had to do it because they did such a great job. Plus, Rocky is my favorite movie of all time. So, enjoy guys. Here are 8 reasons why you may appreciate Creed II:
#1. They brought Drago back!!!
Do you remember the Rocky movie where the big fight was with a tall, muscular, Russian dude? The dude who killed Apollo (one of Rocky’s best friends) in a previous movie?
Well, either way, they brought him back! Apollo was Creed’s dad. So, for the second movie they thickened the plot by making it deeper. It wasn’t just going to be any foe or any fight. First, it was going to be one of Rocky’s biggest nemesis and the man who killed Creed’s father. Second, Creed, son of Apollo, would have to fight, Viktor, son of Drago.
The best part about this match is that these guys were raised in different worlds. Drago was coming from Ukraine. From poverty. From the cold. From hate. He had nothing to lose. It was like he was training his whole life for this one fight. Creed had overcome that phase of his life and conquered those demons rising from a hood in Philly. Life was good for him now. He became the boxing champion in his division. He was getting married. He was in a state of comfort. So, this contrast really builds the suspense in the story because I was certain the producers would not give us a fairy tale ending where the protagonist fights the big fight and just wins straight up. He would really have to work for it. If he won at all.
But, what would really motivate Creed to take himself to another level in order to surpass the level of motivation and focus Viktor currently possessed, when, Creed had it all now? Comfort usually brings with it a sense of complacency. So, what was Creed really fighting for?
At times, it seemed like Viktor’s reasons for fighting were greater and stronger than Creed’s. Therefore, there could be no assumption as to who would ultimately win. It wasn’t safe to assume. Unlike what the haters say, it was not a predictable movie. I can say that with utmost certainty. Personally, I did not have any expectations for the second movie. I was actually content with the first Creed and was upset they came up with Part 2. I chose not to see the trailers for #Creed2 and I quietly thought to myself— oh, come on. How are they going to squeeze a second movie that will be worth watching? Then, they showed Ivan Drago and I flew out of my seat — like WHAAAAT??!!! THEY WENT THERE?!! YESSSSSSS. LET’S GOOOOO. YOU KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS!
#2. They showed the internal battle man must go through on his own.
The movie did a great job showing how a person sometimes submerges when they experience defeat, when their ego is rocked, when they feel they have lost it all. Creed went under. Literally and figuratively, under water. Ran from the boxing gym. He was detached from his wife. He became insecure. He let the outside chatter seep in. People were questioning if he was really the world champ. He had retained the belt against Viktor but the bigger issue is that he questioned if he was really the champ, too. His internal world crashed and broke down and there was nothing his wife or anyone could do to help him because only he could help himself out of that pit. That was very real.
It was also a powerful moment for the movie to include a scene where Creed’s mother, played by Phylicia Rashad, advises Creed’s wife, Bianca, on how to deal with the situation. It was powerful because she had been through a similar experience with Creed’s dad, Apollo. Moreover, it was impactful to see the younger generation benefit from the wisdom of the older generation. It was powerful that the writers included this scene and gave these women an opportunity to shed light on the internal battle Creed was going through after fighting Viktor Drago. Thank you for that.
#3. That soundtrack is on point.
All the songs were matched perfectly to the intensity or feel of each scene.
I am a true Rocky fan. Bill Conti is one of the best in my book. I have all the Rocky songs and listen to them often, still. Yes. So when I heard the songs in Creed 2, in a way they reminded me of the feelings the Rocky songs evoked, except they are adapted to modern times, specifically with rap and trap and soul and all of that, for this generation.
It’s amazing how they were able to bring both worlds together and produce something so smooth. S/O to J. Cole and Ari Lennox ❤.
They used the chorus for the song below during a boxing training scene. Depending on who is reading this, you may not like the lyrics but pause that for a minute and just feel the aura of the song and ask if it has the energy level needed for someone training for the battle of their life?
“KILL THEIR A** WITH SUCCESS/ They won’t like that!” LIT. ENCENDIO.
It’s funny because, they conquered me subtly. The music felt so good throughout the movie. I didn’t even realize it. It didn’t hit me until the end of the movie, when I was like: Yo! The music was GOOD.
#4. Creed’s wife, Bianca (Tessa Thompson) got to sing during the big fight.
You know when a fighter comes in to the arena, they play his theme song and there is a lot of hype as he makes his way to the ring?
Well, they did that for Viktor Drago (aka. Big Nasty). It was good and the main color for Viktor was red, with fire being symbolic of him. Then, it was Michael B. Jordan (Creed’s) turn. His main color was blue and his theme song, instead of being some tough, macho-man kind of song…it was
HIS WIFE BIANCA SINGING A SMOOTH SONG AS HIS INTRODUCTION SONG!!! WHAAAAAAT??!!!
I was HYPE because in the movie, Bianca plays the role of an up & coming singer/artist from Philly. In Creed 1, She was pursuing this path before meeting Creed and she continued pursuing her path even after they got married, in Creed 2. Having her sing the intro song during Creed’s biggest match in his life was such a powerful statement. That showed tremendous respect for Bianca as his wife and equally as important, it showed great respect for her work as a singer/artist, by allowing her to showcase her talent in that arena. It truly felt like they were the A team as they walked down together to the ring. Creed in the middle. His wife on one side and Rocky on his other side. We were ready.
#5. I appreciate that Creed 2 is a full, multidimensional movie.
The dialogue between all the characters is realistic. The way Bianca and Creed speak to each other is realistic. The emotion Creed felt when Rocky wouldn’t support him, is like a son feeling rejected by his father. The roller coaster of self-pity and feeling bad for yourself that comes sometimes after experiencing defeat/loss/failure that sometimes happens is real. A parent feeling worried about their child having a hearing problem. It was man vs. man, man vs. world, and man vs. himself perfectly depicted throughout the entire movie.
#6. You don’t hate the enemies in this movie. You can’t hate the Dragos.
Isn’t it funny? In this movie, you can identify with the protagonist and the antagonist at the same time.
Usually, if I identify with a protagonist, I detest the antagonist in a movie. However, in this movie just because you loved Creed (protagonist/good) doesn’t mean you hated Drago (antagonist/bad). There was so much going on emotionally for the “bad” side, too. The Ivan Drago & Viktor Drago family were fighting for something real, too. It wasn’t just ego. It was family, redemption, a better life. They just didn’t talk about it much. You would understand through context clues. You understood it visually by observing how Viktor (who goes by the name Big Nasty in real life) was raised in a poor area of Ukraine, waking up early every day to train in cold weather, working in construction, with a father who played no games. The color of their auras was grey. There was darkness and resentment in them. There was also vulnerability. After Drago lost to Rocky in their big fight decades ago, Drago lost it all. He lost his wife. His country. His livelihood. He was completely disowned and his son was raised in that environment; in that lack. So, he had a very cold chip on his shoulder. He had his reasons and he was coming for his. You couldn’t blame them for challenging Creed and Rocky. It was a very powerful movie. I’ll leave it at that because I do not want to spoil you from enjoying the roller coaster of emotions as the plot unfolds when you see it. I also appreciated their inner ruthlessness in pursuit of what they wanted. Let me be clear with the use of this word; when a person rises from the bottom they have to be ruthless (meaning merciless with themselves to discipline themselves to obatin what they desire). This is what I call an inner ruthlessness where you do not accept excuses for yourself, do not feel sorry for yourself, keep a positive mindset despite negative circumstances surrounding you, strength of character and spirit.
I also liked the scene when they went to Philadelphia where the Rocky Balboa monument was at and they had a look of disdain on it all. It was the most epic set of stairs you will ever find because these were the steps Rocky ran up on. But the Dragos walked around like, “These are your famous steps, Rocky Balboa? They ain’t sh*t.” They went too far there but hey…
#7. It’s motivational. It reminds me to get on point with my physique; Stay fit and actually take it up a notch!
These guys, Michael B. Jordan & Big Nasty, had to really train to get their bodies ripped and strong as they were. We can get our bodies to be the way we desire too. It would take a whole lot of discipline and hard work. And, that’s okay. The results will make it worthwhile. So, let me get to that. Dyckman Stand Up!
In concluson, GO WATCH CREED 2 IN THEATERS. MI GENTE. It is worth your money and your time. There are many other reasons why I love the movie but I don’t want to spoil it for you guys. Let me know what your favorite parts are after you see it.
As always, much love and respect. — Nayma Silver-Matos
Nayma ‘Rocky’ Silver
P.S. #8. I appreciated Tessa Johnson’s aura of Peace. It was present in every scene she was in. ❤