In the vast majority of cases, sequels are inferior to the movies that that preceded them in the series. Sure, there’s the odd Empire Strikes Back, or The Godfather Part II, but they are rare exceptions to an almost irrefutable rule. A rule that’s even more concrete is that the longer a series goes on, the sharper the decline in quality will be, with each entry delivering diminishing returns. The Fast and the Furious bucked this trend by embracing and enhancing all of its goofier tendencies from Fast 5 onwards, and it’s been bonkers fun ever since.
A decade or so ago, Sylvester Stallone revived his career making character, Rocky Balboa, for a movie of the same name. Considering the cartoon levels of overblown trash that was Rocky IV, and the failed attempt to go back to his roots that was Rocky V, the artistic and financial success of Rocky Balboa was a surprise to everyone. And it was a nice way to wrap up the series on a high. But the Italian Stallion and his world are apparently too good for Hollywood to leave behind. Because the baton has been passed to a new generation, and I have heard nothing by rave reviews for Creed. (more…)