Holly on Hollywood
by Holly McClure
“CREED II” picks up where “Creed” left off. Life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed (Michael Jordan) who has to maintain his World Champion title, while his wife Bianca (Tessa Johnson), furthers her musical career. When Creed is offered the chance to defend his title against Viktor “son of Ivan” Drago (Florian Munteanu), the son of Soviet super fighter and killing machine Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren), the man who killed his father in a fight that was supposed to be a friendly exhibition match, his life drastically changes. Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) is once again asked to train Adonis and literally prepare him for the fight of his life.
The PG-13 rating is for pre-teens to adults because of the boxing action, fight violence, mild language, and a romantic scene between a married couple. Both Rocky and Adonis confront their shared father/son enemy which makes this story personal and ties the history of the 1985 Rocky IV rivalry in with the modern-day competition. During his training, Adonis and Bianca have a baby with medical problems that force Adonis to question his professional motives and personally challenges his character as a husband and father, discovering in the end that nothing’s more important than family. Although it’s assumed there will be a happy ending, the story takes a look at both fighters and humanizes each of their struggles and reasons for wanting to win, which makes for a battle that has heart and an ending that’s even more exciting and thrilling than expected. Adonis rediscovers what made him a champion in the first place and learns how to overcome his revenge. Stallone, who was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar and won the Golden Globe for “Creed”, co-wrote the sequel screenplay, making the history between Jordan and Stallone real and humanizing the chemistry between them. Stallone is a Christian and elements of his faith are naturally woven into the story with themes of forgiveness, humanity and overcoming hate with love. I got teary-eyed at the end when I heard the famous theme song mixed with a new sound for a younger generation. I can honestly say I enjoyed “Creed II” more than I thought I would and consider it one of the best boxing movies ever! This is not your typical “fight story”, instead it’s a lesson about life that all of us can relate to!
~Holly On Hollywood~
Holly_McClureHolly McClure is a multimedia personality with a career that spans over 20 years in the entertainment industry. Her background as a film critic, film and television producer, creative director, filmographer, radio and television host, author and pundit for family values, has established her expertise and made her a recognized advocate for family-friendly entertainment.
Holly was the first family film critic syndicated in over 365 newspapers with The Orange County Register. Her “Holly on Hollywood” movie reviews have been featured on TBN, Daystar and can now be seen on Uplift TV, The Word Network, UANetwork, Parables.tv and other affiliates.
In 2002, Mel Gibson asked Holly to come to Italy and film the behind-the-scenes interviews for The Passion of the Christ. She produced a one hour special, The Making of The Passion of the Christ (TBN, ION) and has since produced numerous press features for films like; Do You Believe, Dancer and the Dame, God’s Not Dead, The Frontier Boys, House, Thr3e, One Night With the King, Midnight Clear, The Visitation, Hangman’s Curse and others.
Holly is a charter member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and serves on the advisory boards of The Dove Foundation and The Parents Television Council. She is a proud mother, grandmother, mentor and Christian, and passionate about supporting and creating life-changing entertainment!
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