Creed II: half KO standing [Critique]

A sequel that does not hold back its blows but plays it safe: very pleasant to watch, Creed II sins for lack of audacity.

Released at the beginning of 2019 in cinemas, Creed II will arrive in the clear on Sunday on television, precisely at 9:05 p.m. on France 2. Here is the review of First.

At the exit of Creed – The Legacy of Rocky Balboa, Michael B. Jordan said it was a one shot, promised sworn. The work of a fan / son, Ryan Coogler, who paid as much homage to Apollo Creed as to his father, a fan of Rocky II. But there it is, the film’s hit has revived the Rocky franchise and, as we’ve known since Herodotus, revenge is the driving force of the story: in this case, Creed II play again Rocky IV with the son of Ivan Drago (the one who killed Apollo Creed in 1985) as Adonis’ new adversary. Very efficiently shot (the boxing scenes are exhilarating as they should be), the film follows a predictable structure (fight, defeat, training sequence editing) with the originality of Adonis’ confrontation with his own fatherhood. Stallone brilliantly plays his score of old Balboa back from everything (we could well nominate him for the Oscar for the brilliant scene where he kindly yells at the municipal services of Philadelphia for a story of a broken street lamp), but Creed II does not offer the opportunity to Dolph Lundgren to say goodbye to his role of Ivan Drago, reduced to a very big cameo (the appearance of Brigitte Nielsen will still please the fans). The face-to-face between Drago and Balboa could have been overwhelming: it is ultimately anecdotal. Creed II reproduced without daring too much. Halfway through the movie, there’s this fascinating scene where Bianca gives Adonis the choice to break the cycle of revenge. And remakes, and sequels galore, and American industrial logic. And very clearly, Adonis says no. He prefers to fight, and even if it’s predictable, it’s a shame.

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