Believe in Creed II

Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan in Creed II (Barry Wetcher/MGM/Warner Bros. Pictures)
Sylvester Stallone’s latest Rocky film is a durable formula very well executed.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T he structure of a boxing picture is as predictable as the seasons: Our hero loses something (a bout, a loved one, his confidence), gets a pep talk and a montage of unorthodox training, then regains his mojo and steps back into the ring as redemption awaits. Million Dollar Baby, one of the few boxing movies to break out of the box, is not coincidentally among the greatest movies this century.

Creed II sticks to the formula like dogma and doesn’t even seem all that interested in the details of how to win (or train for) a fight. There’s nothing like the


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