Let me start by saying, I was all on the hype for this movie. When I saw the trailer and saw baby Drago getting ready to get cracked by Adonis Creed, I was ready. This movie revives the rivalry between Drago and Creed after the devastating Death of Apollo Creed at the Hands of Ivan Drago. If I’m honest, I was a little dissapointed by this movie.
Let me explain, I loved the first Creed. I honestly thought it was the perfect amount of action to heartbreaking drama when Rocky gets cancer and Adonis helps him back to health. This movie though, it didn’t do it for me. It felt like it was all rushed and not as much storyline as the other one. Now this isn’t me saying that I didn’t like it. I think the story of Drago vs. Creed being brought back for a second chance at redemption could have been very powerful. For those of you who live under a rock and haven’t seen Rocky 4, spoiler alert, Apollo dies and it is gutting.
Now this “redemption” is somewhat drowned in all of the drama of Adonis’s personal life. I understand that being the premise of all of the movies, however, it didn’t seem to flow with the storyline that is supposed to finish on fight. In this film, Adonis has to figure out who he is truly fighting for, his father, his fiancé, his daughter, or himself. In reality it is al of the above, but he truly does it to prove who he is, not who he came from. Also, not a fan of the Max Kellerman cameos in these films but that’s an argument for another day. What I would’ve loved to see in this movie is more about the two, more talks between Drago and Creed instead of Creed and his life, then a pinch of Drago during the fights. Also, this is just a personal tidbit that I didn’t like, but the fact that they bring Ivan Drago’s ex wife into this and that they’re fighting to regain their lost lives seemed like it was poorly executed.
With all of that being said, I still enjoyed the film. I would give it a 6/10 and I honestly think that might be a little generous. I want more of the anger, more of the fight, more of the story between the fighters. At the end of the day this is a movie about boxing. There was emphasis on the desert training and Rocky coming back to be his trainer after Creed’s brutal first loss to baby Drago, and those parts in all honesty were strong. However, I want more of the original story between the two. I wanted more of the grind, more of the anguish, less of the filler. If I could have had more dialogue between Drago and Creed I think it would have been a lot stronger. Oh, and now there are reports that Apollo’s ghost almost appeared in this. This isn’t Star Wars, I’m glad they had the intelligence to not bring Apollo’s ghost into this like a quick Yoda cameo. If that would have been part of the movie I think it could have killed it in an instant. Other than that, good movie, absolutely worth the watch, and I hope there are more Creed movies in the making.