CREED II is the eighth installment in the ROCKY franchise. CREED II is the sequel to the 2015 film CREED. This film stars Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone and Tessa Thompson. Written by Sylvester Stallone and Juel Taylor. Directed by Steven Caple Jr.
CREED II is the eighth film in the admired ROCKY movie franchise. A sequel to the well received CREED, CREED II continues the story of Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) and his life in and out of the professional boxing world. Along with his trainer, world famous retired boxing champion Rocky Balboa (Slyvester Stallone) , they find themselves in a matchup for the boxing world championship. After the championship bout a familiar face arrives in Rocky’s restaurant to great Rocky with a challenge. This familiar face is none other than Ivan Drago (Dolph Lungren) and his son Viktor Drago (Florian Munteanu). With the history between Adonis’s deceased father and Ivan Drago, Viktor knew that a challenge would be easily accepted by the newly world champion. Much to the concern of Rocky, Adonis decides to grant Viktor a championship bout. Rocky disagrees with the decisions and steps away from the training camp and fight against Viktor. After the bout, Adonis must fight back from the injury and fear all while becoming a first time father in the process to get back into the ring across from Viktor Drago in Russia.
This movie was defiantly a sequel to the CREED, but it also felt like a sequel to ROCKY IV. Having Drago and his son back into the story was the best sequel for such a film. Seeing how much Dolph Lundgren has grown as an actor was also great to see. He defiantly seemed like a once great fighter that is trying to do anything to make his name valuable again. Having Viktor challenge Adonis hit the audience in the feels when they brought up the history between Creed and Drago. All of this while Rocky seemed to want to stay as far away from the memory of Drago because he knew how much damage that fight caused him.
Im also glad that they decided to also focus on the Drago side of the story. How Ivan is since the bout with Rocky happened and how now his son Viktor is the new unstoppable fighter. Even the back story about how the Rocky bout made Ivan lose everything including his relationship with Viktor’s mother with affects Viktor more than anything. It is truly a father and son fighting to made their name meaningful again.
The video is a 1080p quality on the blu-ray for CREED II. Much like the first film CREED II has some really nice landscape shots in the city of Philadelphia With a good bit of this film being filmed in darker areas the video quality did not have to suffer. But the shots happening within the arenas with all the bright lights really prove how well the film was shot. Even though Ryan Coogler wasn’t behind the camera on this film it still felt much like the first CREED filming.
The audio is DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio and it is pretty fantastic. It sounded just as great with my surround sound system as it did in the theater. Along with all the typical themes and tones throughout the ROCKY series it defiantly continued the vibe. The viewer could hear every punch thrown and hit that connected. The sound mixing on the film was perfect. The dialogue was also very clear and with the Russian accents of Dolph Lundgren and Florian Munteanu that is defiantly needed. Job well done by the sound mixers.
Fathers and Sons
Casting Viktor Drago
The Women of Creed
The Rocky Legacy
2-disc set w/ 1 Blu-ray and 1 DVD
Region A (Untested B,C)
1080p AVC MPEG-4
Aspect ratio: 2.40:1
English: Dolby Atmos
English: Dolby TrueHD 7.1
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1