Adonis Creed is back on the big screen with Creed 2. This brutal boxing flick has a lot of tie-ins, revelations and reveals and throughout this video I will be discussing everything that you need to know about the movie.
There will be heavy spoilers so if you want to go into the film with fresh eyes then I suggest that you leave this website now.
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Creed 2: Story Recap and Ending Explained
After proposing to Bianca and becoming Heavy Weight Champ, Creed seems like he is on top of the world until he is challenged by Viktor Drago.
For those who’ve been living in the wilderness under a Rocky 4 and don’t know the back story, in 1985, boxer Ivan Drago murdered Apollo Creed in an boxing bout. In the same year, Rocky managed to defeat Drago, avenge his fallen friend and pretty much end the Cold War. Flash forward thirty three years and Apollo’s son, Adonis, seeks to also Avenge his father by beating Viktor. Juxtaposing this, the Dragos want to redeem their name after the defeat at the hands of the Italian Stallion and this is a grudge match of epic proportions.
Father And Sons
This is because after losing the bout in Russia, The Drago’s were shunned by society to the point that Drago Seniors’ wife left him and this seems like the only way to redeem their name once and for all. At it’s heart this is a tale about fathers and sons. Drago pushes his son to the limit in an to attempt to right his wrongs whereas Rocky tries to rekindle his relationship with his own child in order to ensure that he does not make his own son repeat his failings as a father.
Rocky is very self aware of his mistakes and too become more of a father figure to Adonis even going so far as attempting to stop him from fighting Viktor as he suspects he may lose. When Adonis ignores his advice, Rocky quits and leaves Adonis to his own devices. The fight goes ahead but with Rocky not fighting his corner, Adonis is almost beaten to death. Adonis manages to win due to disqualification on Dragos part but it’s clear to everyone that he was no match for The Russian. Similar to his father Adonis refused to have the towel thrown in for him and this theme reoccurs throughout the movie.
Throwing In The Towel
To me, the film is about knowing one’s limits and how if we go dangerously beyond them then we are doomed to fail. Rocky feels a lot of guilt for never throwing in the towel for Apollo and this is the reason why he didn’t want to go through that again with Adonis.
After the fight Adonis spirals into a depression and you really get the sense that similar to The Drago’s that the fighter’s reputation is over and in desperate need of redemption.
Of course, the character returns and manages to best Drago in the final fight. This is because Drago Senior throws in the towel for his son which showcases that Drago is aware that he could be on the opposite side of a boxing match that ends in a death. Personally, I think that he doesn’t want to live with the regret that Rocky had to when he lead to Apollo’s death and it’s quite a mature finish for the ex-fighter. He realises that the fact that he would push his son to his death potentially in order to redeem his own failings is a selfish desire and I thought it was a turn that went far deeper than the simple win I was expecting for Creed to get in the film’s final fight. In the prior fight, Drago Senior saw what his son was capable of and knew that traveling down this path would lead to regret and remorse.
Creed 2 Review
Creed 2 is another example of a film where I’m disagreeing rather heavily with the critics. I really enjoyed it and thought that it built on the prior films well. Whilst it does require a lot of pre-knowledge and the movie is packed with easter eggs and tie-ins to Rocky 4, it still does things good enough to be a notable addition for the franchise and feels like a step in the right direction.
So, what were your thoughts on Creed 2? Do you think it lived up to the prior film’s in the Rocky Franchise and what would you like to see in a sequel?
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