Spoilers? Nothing you haven't seen in the trailer...
This in honest assessment. I'm not going be dishonest to you like the others will.
There are many issues. Firstly, this franchise should never been made.
This movie is nothing but a sad cash grab. You can't bring back a killer in Ivan Drago and pretend it is all cool, and yes it could of worked, IF they established Ivan Drago's return sooner in the series, maybe hinted him in the first Creed, and at least give him some back story, maybe show a flash back, just anything... what is going on here, and have not been this disappointed since Star Wars Episode 8. The problem here is, there were way too many loop holes, and plot issues, mistakes, decisions Stallone even regrets that were made in the previous Rocky sequels, for anyone to be able to patch things up and move forward.
Adonis Creed, the character you gave a chance, but in the end, he is just too damn unlikeable, and complete child with a loud mouth, throwing tantrums, disrespecting Balboa as well. "I'm dangerous" after hearing that, I couldn't help but burst out laughing... yeah, real dangerous!
At least Apollo was serious enough as a character, and had the qualities that were likable.
Unfortunately in Creed II, I just can't help rooting for the other guy. Plus Creed is way too small in size to take down the Russian, makes no sense at all. Why did Creed want to fight Drago Jr? Creed was adopted and never knew his real father, so it felt forced and really had no place as a story, because like I said "too many issues from previous Rocky sequels" that are completely unsalvageable.
To make it worse, the antagonist Drago Jr came across as a big teddy bear, just didn't feel he was menacing enough, awful casting decisions cost them in a big way. The writing of Drago Jr character gave him about as much character as a turnip and it didn't work, at all. Not to mention Viktor Drago looked nothing like his parents, so I ask the question - was he adopted? Perhaps Viktor and Adonis share something in common, if they decide to make a 3rd part, heaven forbid.
The music, forgettable, bad, just complete garbage, who green lit this?
They were also trying too hard to make the premise feel like real life, which is the same mistake Rocky 6 did with bringing in subpar real life sports commentators, just cheapened the entire production. It was like watching a typical ShowTime boxing advertisement on pay TV, not an A grade film production.
No wonder Stallone retired Rocky, after watching the dreadful performances throughout the entire cast, he did the right thing and had no choice but to shelve Balboa once and for all. Also I was disappointed with Stallone in this one as well, was he trying? Or was it the writer's fault? Did the creators not watch any of the previous films? They should be ashamed of themselves, pathetic effort folks.
If things couldn't get worse, think again. They cut the Ivan Drago vs Rocky Balboa fight in the hospital, they also cut Spider Rico's funeral, and... they cut the locker room scene between Adonis Creed and Viktor Drago. IF they added these scenes? And dropped the crappy music? Who knows, it could have been watchable.
Balboa is also not his punch drunk self either, it's like an alternate timeline movie, it felt like something else. It's not the Rocky we grew up with.
They will tell you, it's just like Rocky 3 and 4, and they will tell its great! They will say "long time Rocky fan" but really if they were? They would just tell it how it is, and they will tell you that Creed II sux.
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