No one should have any illusions about what "Creed II" is. The first fight, with "Black Panther" Ryan Coogler as master of ceremonies, was both a remake of the Rocky films and a continuation of them, from the training sequences to the melodrama and the moving fanfare taken from Bill's score Conti.
However, there is a reason why the series accumulated so many Roman numbers, even if it became increasingly ridiculous as it moved away from the charming story of the weakest. And Stallone (who shares the script credit), his fellow writers and the new director Steven Caple Jr. have capitalized on that story by accumulating pieces from previous films, among which "Rocky IV".
In an intelligent but totally logical wrinkle, the great loser in that fight, the Soviet automaton Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren), paid a high price for his failure. However, the potential redemption resides in his son Viktor (the German boxer Florian "Big Nasty" Munteanu), a huge bruise that makes his scientifically sharpened father look like a puppet, raised in the kind of harsh Ukrainian environment that has instilled the eye of the tiger.
With Adonis Creed (Jordan) advancing his career in the ring, a clever promoter (Russell Hornsby) recognizes the alluring appeal of a Creed-Drago brawl, given the tragic end that Adonis's father found in Ivan's fists. For Rocky, as is logical, the idea of being on the corner to witness another demolition of this type is a perspective that fills him with fear, proving the link between them.
Of course, boxing is only part of the story, and Adonis has a lot of drama in his personal life, including his relationship with Bianca (Tessa Thompson). Similarly, Rocky continues to mourn the loss of his beloved wife, while staying away from his son, with Adonis playing that role in a substitute way.
The fight sequences, as usual, are played at an operatic level, with a large number of hits blocked by someone's face. Jordan, who further increased his high number between rounds with his role in "Black Panther", is again in the type of fitness that could easily come with a layer and averages, although Munteanu almost equals it, a wave for the ripple nervous.
At the risk of mixing sports metaphors, the ball of play here really goes to Lundgren, who has been in the desert for 33 years in his face, as he pounces on the path of memory by pressuring his son to "break" his opponents However, everyone is immersed with conviction, reversing the emotional scenes with more weight than they probably deserve.
"Creed II" will not earn many points for breaking new ground, but neither does it intend to do so. And in terms of clearly executing the basic fight plan, the film offers another technical knockout.
"Creed II" debuts on November 21 in the US UU It has a PG-13 rating.