“Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place and it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t how hard you hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward. How much you can take, and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done. Now, if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hit, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you are because of him, or her, or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain’t you. You’re better than that.”
– Rocky Balboa
Perhaps the toughest hill to climb is the three steps to get into the ring to face the epitome of will and might that has relentlessly pounded the pavement to deserve the opportunity to be where your feet have carried you. Creed II is a solid reflection toward the battles that both winner and loser face every day.
Rocky who is aging and in the midst of all his victories, has lost his way with family and fortune. Ivan Drago that shows the shame of letting down his entire nation and losing it all. Adonis Creed that holds the title of Champion, but soon realises that he is not the best in the world. Viktor Drago that is aiming to reclaim the family name and the right to show their faces in public once again.
What follows is a bout of poetic justice that is laced with relational dysfunction and challenges. Traditionalists will appreciate the music scores and familiar scenes that make Rocky the masterpiece it has always been, while Michael B. Jordan is superb toward carrying on the ‘merican legacy of the underdog that faces the impossible.
Implementing enough big shots and unexpected turn of events, Creed II keeps you drawn in with enough action and inspiration with some of the best moments coming during the preparatory efforts of setting up the big fight. Enjoy the heritage and appreciate the story as generations of film and character collide to make another round of the Rocky legacy with the ongoing question of when to throw in the towel?
Rating: M Suitable for mature audiences 16 years and over. NOTE: Violence.