With Creed, the Rocky series found a new way to tell a classic story: a young boxer with everything to prove risks his life in the ring, led to a victory (of sorts) by a curmudgeonly trainer.
With Sylvester Stallone moving up a generation and into the trainer role, and with the magnetic Michael B. Jordan in centre ring as Adonis Creed, Rocky was back, fighting fit with stunning set pieces and genuine emotional heft.
Creed II punches back even harder, with Stallone and Jordan returning, as well as the ever-engaging Tessa Thompson by his side. Creed is torn between his will to win and the family he has fought for. Facing an opponent with their own generational score to settle, will this title fight be Creed’s last?