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CREED II - Review
Release Date: November 21, 2018
Director: Steven Caple, Jr.
Stars: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Florian Munteanu
Plot: Adonis Creed is challenged by the son of the man that killed his father.
Clint Says: Wait for the digital release
ROCKY IV came out in 1985. 33 years later ROCKY IV was re-released under the name CREED II. It's the same story, the same characters, the same boxing match, and slightly different story lines. Ho-hum.
Is it a good movie? It has its moments, but it is also a forgettable film. There was nothing great about it that will stick with you long after you see it. It's just another chapter in the ROCKY world. If you are invested in the franchise, you might as well see it, but it's not going to be at the top of your list when you rank all of the films.
There is one thing about this film that was very troubling to me though. (Tiny spoilers that have very little to do with the main story ahead). Bianca, Adonis Creed's girlfriend has a hearing impairment that is severe enough that she can't hear without hearing aids. It is a hereditary condition, and over the course of the film they have a baby. Everyone is worried about whether the child will be deaf or not. In the hospital there is this exchange between Rocky and Adonis.
NOTE: This is an accurate paraphrase. I only saw it once, so I'm sure some of the wording is incorrect, but the context is accurate.
ROCKY: What if she's not okay?
ADONIS: She's okay. I'm not going to think any other way.
ROCKY: Yeah, buy what if she's not?
ADONIS: I can't even think that way.
ROCKY: Will you be able to love her?
ADONIS: That's a stupid question! Of course I'll love her!
First of all, I am shocked that this scene made the final cut without anyone realizing how offensive it is to people with hearing impairments. They are okay either way. How ridiculous and offensive to say that a person with a hearing impairment is not "okay".
I know a lot of people that have medical conditions or have children with medical conditions that are all "okay." And if someone walked up to them and said something like, "do you ever wish they were okay?," the asker would be in grave danger of catching a fist with their face.
If you are reading this and saying, yes, that sounds terrible, I would implore you to go see the movie, make up your own mind as to the meaning of the scene (after all, I could be totally wrong in my assessment), and if you still feel the same way, let the studio know your displeasure.