Movies in Town – Jan 4 to 10

Michael Renouf
By Michael Renouf January 4, 2019 15:35

Creed II Film Review

By Michael Renouf

Creed II is the second film starring Michael B. Jordan in the lead role and the eighth in the Rocky Universe.

Set three years after our first meeting with Adonis Creed or Donny for short, the illegitimate son of former heavyweight world champion – Apollo Creed – Adonis is following in his legendary father footsteps and challenging for the WBC heavyweight title. He is trained by his dad’s greatest rival and best friend Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) who also held the same belt and whose character first slurred his way onto our screens back in 1976.

All is going well for our hero and then two bombshells hit him out of the blue, one good news but the other dredges up bad memories from the past. Viktor Drago (Florian Munteanu) son of Ivan Drago the man who killed Apollo in the ring in Rocky IV turns up in Philadelphia and makes a very public challenge thanks to his promoter Buddy Marcelle (Russell Hornsby). This sets trainer Rocky and his prodigy against each other – including one particularly emotional scene – as there are just too many painful memories for “The Italian Stallion” to face off against anybody with the Drago name, especially as the young Eastern European fighter is cornered by his statuesque father (Dolph Lundgren).

Rocky is not the only one who would prefer this bout not to come to fruition, Adonis’s songbird girlfriend Bianca (Tessa Thompson) and his dad’s widow Mary Anne Creed (Phylicia Rashad) both would prefer Donny sidestep this much bigger and more powerful opponent, but we all know that is not going to happen. On top of this the American fighter does not known that Drago is fighting to restore the family name and pride as his dad lost everything apart from his son, after his loss to Rocky over 30 years ago, so knows exactly what he is  fighting for whereas the son of The Master of Disaster is not really sure, he just feels he must take the fight.

We are treated, like many a film set around the noble art, to a movie that goes way beyond the ropes from director Steven Caple Jr as we see our lead protagonist deal with challenges inside and outside the squared circle.

This movie has plenty of nods back to Rocky’s past but is allowed its own room to breathe and can be watched as a stand-alone film, although best enjoyed if you have at least seen the first Creed film, if not all The Rock’s outings. There are a few scenes in Russian, so a moderate level of Spanish would help if you have not seen the fourth Rocky instalment but if you can remember the film where Rocky and Drago senior square off you will understand the gist without any Spanish. I recently wrote an all-time top ten of boxing movies for the well-respected British fight magazine, Boxing Monthly in which I placed the first Creed film in fourth place, for me this film just knocks its predecessor down a place on that ranking list.

Jordan and Stallone work extremely well in all their scenes, especially when on screen together but for me the Hollywood veteran just shades it as the star of the show.

Take the full 8 out of 10 count.


Continue playing at the cinemas:

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Creed II – Platino/ Gran Plaza / Gaviotas

Aquaman – Platino / Galerias/ Gran Plaza/ Gaviotas (read review)

Bumblebee – Platino / Gran Plaza / Gaviotas

Mary Poppins returns – Platino / Gran Plaza / Gaviotas

Movies in RECREO   – 3:00 & 7:00 pm

Mon. Jan. 7: Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far on Foot (2018) 114 min. On the path to sobriety after a life-changing accident, John Callahan discovers the power of art, willing his injured hands to draw hilarious, often controversial cartoons, which bring him a new lease on life.

Thurs. Jan. 10: Summer 1993 (2017) 97 min. After her mother’s death, six-year-old Frida is sent to her uncle’s family to live with them in the countryside. But Frida finds it hard to forget her mother and adapt to her new life. Int’l Award Winner

Movie Theaters 

Cinemex Galería and Cinemex Platino are both in the Liverpool Galerias Shopping Center in La Marina. Cinépolis is at the Gran Plaza.  Senderos is at  Avenida Oscar Perez 8201. Gaviotas is on Camaron Sabalo in the GZ

Movies could change during the week. Websites for show times are:

Cinepolis (Gran Plaza, Senderos) : www.cinepolis.com

Cinemex (Galeria, Platino): http://cinemex.com

Gaviotas: www.cinemasgaviotas.com.mx

 

Michael Renouf
By Michael Renouf January 4, 2019 15:35
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