Life rarely offers second chances – especially when it comes to movies. When a franchise goes astray, it tends to be lost, even if its stewards pass the reins to a wise, hungry, capable director with a vision for his future. (See: Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi who could not extinguish the sins of the other Star Wars prequels.)
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Then there is Creed II a mediocre Creed movie, but a solid Rocky movie. More importantly, it's probably a better version of Rocky IV added to Rocky Balboa's story in 1
The advantage is that Rocky IV phrased the story of Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan), the protagonist of Ryan Coogler's spin-off film of 2015. Adonis, "Donnie," is the child of Apollo, who died in the ring thirty years before Creed when he overcame the man Dolph Lundgren with Ivan Drago (19459003) Men's Health , a Russian boxer who is less a man, more a monster; The torment of Donnie's life is that he never knew his father, though he is a living piece of Apollo's heritage. Creed, Donnie challenges this heritage and proves to the world and to himself that he is not a mistake: he should be alive and fight. Creed II corrects the story, but only after settlement.