The “Creed” sequel, “Creed II,” is receiving early praise from critics and viewers, as it’s been “certified fresh” through Rotten Tomatoes. As of right now, the movie starring Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone has an 82 percent aggregate score on the entertainment website, along with a 93 percent score from viewers.
According to Rotten Tomatoes‘ critical consensus, the new movie “offers few true surprises.” However, they say the film “still packs a punch” thanks to “time-tested generational themes.” That includes references back to characters from the older “Rocky” series. Adonis Creed, son of Rocky’s former friend Apollo Creed.
In the new movie, Adonis takes on a very relevant opponent in the form of Ivan Drago’s son, Victor. Dolph Lundgren returns to the film in his role as Ivan Drago, whom Rocky faced in one of his previous boxing battles. Florian Munteau takes on the role of Victor. Also back for the new film is Phylicia Rashad who plays Adonis’ mother, Mary Anne.
Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times is among those who praise the new film, giving it three stars out of four. He comments that even though many people have “seen this movie before,” there is still “a strong beating heart” for the franchise.
On the other side, Chicago Daily Herald‘s Dann Gire was not as impressed, giving it at 2.5 out of 4 on his rating system. He says the movie is “like a compilation of greatest Rocky scenes” and that the “cliched” final match caused viewers to groan during a screening.
The franchise has been in the ring and on screens since 1976. Back then, the original film was produced for just $1 million but because a major hit, going on to win three Oscars. That included Best Picture. It also launched Sylvester Stallone’s career, making him a household name. When one film succeeds, most times it means sequels, and that has been especially true for Rocky’s franchise.
It led to four sequels spanning over a decade, before taking a 16-year break. In 2006, the franchise re-launched with “Rocky Balboa,” which featured an aged Stallone making his comeback attempt. The franchise would rest again, only to see a revival through the new character Adonis Creed with the 2015 “Creed” film. That also garnered praise for Stallone, earning him an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
While 2018’s sequel isn’t getting that sort of hype just yet, one has to wonder if a third film will be in the works. Audiences are likely to embrace the soap opera boxing story and its lovable characters once again, leading to success at the box office. Time will tell if Rocky brings Adonis back to the ring once again.