Creed II is a downloadable boxing drama film produced by Metro-Goldwyn Mayer Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures. The movie is a direct sequel to Creed (2015) and is the overall eighth edition to the Rocky film series which was started in 1976.
How to Stream or Download Creed II
You can stream or download the movie from iTunes. Check the languages available to get a sense if the download is available in the language of your choice (be it Tamil, Hindi or Polish). To start streaming or downloading, click on the link below the review. If you want to see all the previous movies, these are: Rocky (1976), Rocky II (1979), Rocky III (1982), Rocky IV (1985), Rocky V (1999), Rocky Balboa (2006), and Creed (2015), all of them with Sylvester Stallone.
And if you’re a fan of boxing you should also have a look at the game that lets you manage the career of an aspiring boxer: Punch Club. And of course watch also Creed III (2023).
The Film Review
The movie was directed by Steven Caple Jr. and features a cast consisting of Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Wood Harris, Phylicia Rashad, and Dolph Lundgren.
Released on 14th November 2018, Creed II focuses its story on Adonis Creed, who manages to win the WBC World Heavyweight Championship three years after losing to Rick Conlan.
Meanwhile, Ivan Drago, the former Soviet boxer who once rivaled Rocky Balboa and lost to him, sees an opportunity to regain his honor. Hence, he trains his son Viktor Drago and challenges Adonis to a fight. Adonis, who confidently accepts the challenge, fails to receive support from his trainer Rocky Balboa.
As a result, Adonis moves to Las Angeles with his girlfriend where he trains with a different mentor, only to get beaten up badly at the hands of Viktor despite managing to retain his title.
Adonis loses his confidence and goes through emotional trauma after finding out that his newly born daughter is deaf. Consequently, Mary Anne, Adonis’ stepmother, contacts Rocky for support, to which he agrees. Adonis meets Rocky and the two make peace before preparing for their rematch against Viktor. Rocky makes Adonis go through severe physical and mental training in the Californian desert.
Finally, on the day of the rematch, the two clash in what seems to be an even battle initially. However, Viktor being accustomed to knocking out his opponents within the first four rounds begins to become exhausted as time passes.
By the end of the tenth round, the match clearly shifts in the favor of Adonis who furiously punches and tries to knock out Viktor. Ivan, standing outside the ring suddenly throws in the tower, admitting to Viktor’s defeat and stopping the match before Viktor can receive any more severe injuries.
Adonis and his family rejoice as Rocky heads back to Vancouver where he meets his estranged son and grandson for the first time. The film ends with Adonis visiting his father Apollo’s grave and making peace with him.
Creed II: Production and Reception
With Creed being a commercial success in 2015, the sequel seems to be living up to the hype as per the fan reviews. It holds a solid plot that maintains its cohere before coming over to the main actions.
Additionally, with the cast consisting of veterans like Sylvester Stallone, the film holds a special place in the hearts of particularly those viewers who grew up watching the previous Rocky films.
On the other end, however, the film has also been criticized for following the typical pattern and setup similar to all the previous editions. Critics claim that the series has the plot was quite predictable with the character of Adonis eventually having to succeed.
It was initially rumored that Vince DiCola would be composing the main score of the film the first time after Rocky IV. However, it was later revealed that Ludwig Goransson would be returning a second time after composing the prequel.
The Bottom line
Overall, the film has generally been praised ever since its release. It has managed to gross over $200 million at the box office. With Stallone announcing to retire from playing the Rocky character, the film serves as an emotional farewell as well.