Michael B Jordan and Sylvester Stallone are back to take on a beast from the east, but this sequel isn’t as light on its feet
Without director Ryan Coogler at the helm, this Rocky spinoff lacks the precision punch of its predecessor. In this instalment, Michael B Jordan’s Adonis Creed (and an Adonis he is) must defend his title as heavyweight champion of the world, but additional pressure is applied when his challenger is revealed to be Viktor Drago (Florian Munteanu). “Big, fast, strong, unorthodox”, he’s also the son of Ivan, the fighter who killed Creed’s father, Apollo, in the ring circa 1985’s Rocky IV.
He and fiancee, Bianca (Tessa Thompson, doing her best with an underwritten role) have a baby on the way, which seems less about raising the stakes and more like an excuse to show how Jordan’s hulking biceps seem to have been sculpted specifically for the purposes of cradling a small child.