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Trailer for “Creed II” continues the family legacy

This morning, the world saw the release of the First Trailer for the boxing sequel Creed II, the latest unlikely sequel in the long running Rocky franchise. A few years ago, the thought of more Rocky entries was greeted with a big eye roll. Now, in the shadow of Creed, there’s genuine excitement again. That prior outing was a modern sports movie classic. There’s big shoes to fill this time around, but the initial look at things suggests that everyone involved is up to the task. About five months out from release, this is our first hint that this won’t be a simple cash grab. There’s another compelling story to tell here.

The film is another Rocky sequel/spinoff. This is the official plot synopsis that MGM/Warner Brothers has provided: “Life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed. Between personal obligations and training for his next big fight, he is up against the challenge of his life. Facing an opponent with ties to his family’s past only intensifies his impending battle in the ring. Rocky Balboa is there by his side through it all and, together, Rocky and Adonis will confront their shared legacy, question what’s worth fighting for, and discover that nothing’s more important than family. Creed II is about going back to basics to rediscover what made you a champion in the first place, and remembering that, no matter where you go, you can’t escape your history.” Michael B. Jordan again plays Adonis Creed, while Sylvester Stallone returns to the role of Rocky Balboa once more. This time, the big fight will involve the son of Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren), another potentially unbeatable foe in Viktor Drago (Florian Munteanu). The rest of the cast includes Wood Harris, Phylicia Rashad, Tessa Thompson, Andrew Ward, and more. Steven Caple Jr. directs instead of Ryan Coogler, while Stallone co-wrote the script with Cheo Hodari Coker. Kramer Morgenthau is behind the camera for cinematography this time around.

From the looks of this Trailer, we’re in for another powerful time at the movies. The story of Adonis Creed and his desire to be more than just his father Apollo Creed’s dirty little secret is often heartbreaking stuff. Throw in the health problems of Rocky Balboa at this stage of his life and there’s amble drama to be found. It’s hardly just boxing, though bringing the Drago family in for this time heightens both aspects. Coogler will be missed behind the camera, as well as DP Marsye Alberti, but the look remains similarly strong. Everything this showcases suggests top notch entertainment.

This is what I wrote about Creed when I saw that one a few years ago: “I adored this movie, with special recognition going to Stallone’s supporting turn and the visuals from Alberti, who deserves a citation in Best Cinematography (it’s some of the best camera work of the year to me, and I’ve seen The Revenant, though I’m embargoed from saying anything about that one right now). Stallone has never been better, playing his iconic character as an old man, lacking much to live for anymore. Somehow, it’s heartbreaking stuff. Jordan is excellent as well, while Coogler one ups himself after a promising debut with Fruitvale Station (also starring Jordan). As I mentioned earlier this week, this is the best Rocky film since the original, and I mean that. This is one special flick.”

You can see the full Trailer for Creed II below, and obviously, this is just the first shot across the bow for the flick. Scheduled for release in November, it should be another moneymaker for the franchise, if not necessarily another Academy Award nominee. Oscar glory be damned, the series is finally back on firm ground. Stallone is always at his best in this role, while Jordan was a revelation in Creed. We’ll have plenty more on this one in the months to come, so sit tight there, but for now, the Trailer awaits. Behold and enjoy the next entry in this saga…

Here now is the Trailer for Creed II:

Stay tuned for much more on Creed II as the year progresses!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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