2. Creed II
This is essentially a sequel to Rocky IV but without any of the reasoning behind why Rocky went to Russia to fight Drago in the first place.
In this installment, Adonis is basically a fight with a chip on his shoulder. From his father dying and never being there to help raise him, to trying to re-write history by doing something that his father couldn’t. The problem is, he didn’t have the righteous indignation that sent Rocky over to Moscow in the first place.
Adonis could have healed from the first fight with Viktor and moved on. Rocky wasn’t even at his side for the first fight because he knew that was a very bad move and he didn’t want to have to hold another person in his arms when they died.
So if you are looking for a follow-up to Rocky IV, to find out what happened to Ivan Drago after he lost to Rocky, Creed II is sure to be exactly what you’re looking for. If you look at it as a stand-alone film, however, it falls just a little bit short.
Still, Michael B. Jordan delivers a knockout performance in Creed II, reprising his role as Adonis Creed with raw intensity and emotional depth. He elevates the already impressive franchise with his commanding presence.