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Review "Creed II" | Hollywood Reporter

Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson and Sylvester Stallone return for a blockbuster success in 2015, this time with Steven Caple Jr. directing

How Rocky II it was for Rocky, that's right Credo II to his powerful parent – that is, a pale shadow of his father. Failure and uncontrolled compared to Ryan Coogler's 2015 recognition of a good conception of the 1970's icon for the modern public, this tracking is an indisputable disappointment in almost every way, from its fun homefront to a clashing of climatic boxing that feels Extremely excessive. Nothing here has been recently thought out, nor is there a surprise as to the trajectory of history, which forces the viewer to tolerate conventional emotional rhythms and obsolete features. Similarly, Creed is a brand like Rocky was, so it will succeed, at least to a point.

After taking the heavyweight title three years ago, Creed, also known as Adonis Johnson (the beloved lover of Michael B. Jordan), is finally working to ask her girlfriend Bianca (Tessa Thompson) to marry him by winning a championship match. But there is an opponent in Ukraine who also stuck in his nerves, a Viktor Drago (Florian Munteanu), a giant fighting machine that only happens to be the son of the man who killed Creed's father, Apollo in the ring, a generation before Rocky IV, He was Ivan Drago (played by another one that Dolph Lundgren).

The public happy to see the same previous scenario that was played again, although with much less suspense than before, could be willing to swallow this regurgitation of ingredients used, as well as the large number of young people who never saw the original series. However, not only boxing matches fired in a totally conventional way, especially in comparison to the wonderfully inventive approach of Coogler and cinematographer Maryse Alberti's fights the first time, but domestic scenes make no sense. The script is full of corneous shame on the part of Creed, and there is a page after the exhibition dialogue page, such as Rocky (Stallone, who has a good number of scenes), has time to chat with his wife's tablet to advise Creed for not fight Viktor Drago.

From what we see from Viktor in his training sessions, man is an absolute monster. Several inches taller than your American opponent, it seems you could KO Crede in a round and then take Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel simultaneously just to laugh. As for his father, Ivan became a real waste, leading an unhappy wretched life since he disliked the USSR with his loss to Rocky but presumably online for rehabilitation if his son wins the crown.

But after having a good time and sleeping for 45 minutes, the inevitable tie happens. "Everything feels so Shakespearean," the transmission announcer intones, but he just did. With Adonis looking like a child against a monster, the camper arrives at the dick. "Break it!", Ivan's order from his boy, and he does so, but a shameful decision of script has Viktor disqualified, so technically he has left the crown at the head of the American who just hit. Any answer about why the filmmakers decided that Adonis could not be hit for a while would seem lame, and this muddle joins Adonis for lamenting not having good old Rocky at his angle for this fight.

Of course, this error is remedied by the inevitable revenge. However, this leaves the debut writer Juel Taylor and his collaborator Stallone with the challenge of reaching something interesting to fill another 45 minutes, which almost do not completely. Unfortunately, Bianca's Tessa Thompson, a very important presence in the first movie, lost most of her charm. The focus of the film moves briefly to the birth of his baby, who has a disability and, later, the musical activities of Bianca, but all this is not only presented but seems to belong to another movie.

The main thing, clear, is that Adonis needs to find out how to get it and win the beast from the east. After some passable scenes that take Rocky to the center of centers like cajoles and inspires Adonis about what he will win to win as he did against a giant opponent, he is out of Russia. From any realistic angle, the camper would have wished a fight or two just to renew his skills and regain his confidence after his failure with Viktor, but there is neither a discussion about the idea.

Adonis enters the ring in Moscow as an impertinent of 25 to 1, but Rocky knows everything about being underestimated and transmits his positive karma to his position, and nobody in the public can doubt how the fight goes. But just because it is inevitable does not mean that it is convincing under the direction of Steven Caple Jr., whose previous feature (The Earth) focused on teen skateboarders.

Nor are these two best journeys in Jordan. After roaring in charismatic stardom in Fruitvale Station, Fantastic Four, Creed e Black panther, He is called to be uncertain and devoid of confidence most of the time, so unpleasant, when he oppresses his marriage proposal and is afraid of doubts about the fight against Viktor. It's not that it does not appear vulnerable, but these addicted states look like not just your character, but the actor himself calls and looks uncomfortable and confusing.

One of the fugitive delights of the movie is to watch Brigitte Nielsen, elegant and imperious as always, appear in a couple of scenes like Ivan's ex. Another explosion of the past is the original song "Rocky" by Bill Conti, who comes to the soundtrack at a key moment.

Opens: November 21 (Warner Bros.)

Production: Chartoff Winkler

Cast: Michel B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Wood Harris, Russell Hornsby, Phylicia Rashad, Dolph Lundgren, Florian Munteanu

Director: Steven Caple Jr.

Screenwriters: Juel Taylor, Sylvester Stallone, story of Sascha Penn, Cheo Hodari Coker

Producers: Sylvester Stallone, Kevin King-Templeton, Charles Winkler, William Chartoff, Dvid Winkler, Irwin Winkler

Executive Producers: Ryan Coogler, Michael B. Jordan, Guy Riedel

Director of photography: Kramer Morgenthau

Production Designer: Franco Giacomo Carbone

Costume designer: Lizz Wolf

Publishers: Dana E. Glauberman, Saira Haider, Paul Harb

Music: Ludwig Goransson

Cast: Lindsay Graham, Mary Vernieu

Classification PG-13, 130 minutes

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