In the analogs of potentially catastrophic redundancies, Creed certainly stands as a champion of all time.
The director has Ryan Congler's finesse and sensitivity – the drama of 2015 had everything: classic boxing history, highly emotional core, rich, deeply felt atmosphere and amazingly good acting lead by Michael B. Jordan.
Craig II is a respectful, if not a relentless, continuation of the sequel, even if there is no grace and text of his predecessor.
This installment finds Adonis Creed of Jordan, who is a world ranked champion and is preparing to offer Bianca (Tessa Thompson), the beautiful neo-soul singer she lives with in Philadelphia.
He still has not had time to recover from the championship when challenged by the son of Ivan Viktor (Florian Munteanu), who is still chased by the absence of his father Apollo – who met his death in the ruthless hands of Ivan Drago in Roki IV .
Craig II clings to the bigger-than-life dimension of Adonis's struggle, although he pays special attention to the subtleties of the game in his home life.
His coach, Rocky Balboa, played by Stallone in sad eyes, drunk in a drunken, somewhat modest and self-supporting drunkenness, is still visiting his wife's grave, meanwhile handing out unprejudiced sermons to his prostate gut, heart, and what it is worth we fight.
Since Rocky is still accused of Apollo's death, and because Victor has become a stone cold killer under the direction of his father Ivan (Dolph Lundgren), Creed II is inflated with a grim father and son drama, and regrets.
The action rises considerably in the third act, its clean, effective workouts and sequential series, coupled with a series of callbacks, hat-tips and surprising returns to create an exciting and totally pleasant finish.
Creed II has ensured that the franchise lives, bloody, but not taken.