Unlike Rocky, this film kept me enthralled the whole time. Stallone is a much better supporting actor than he is a lead actor. My biggest critique of Rocky was Stallone talking to himself for most of the film. Michael B. Jordan redeems the franchise for me as he portrays Apollo Creed's son. Adonis Creed (Apollo's son) is a very well-written character who clearly develops throughout the film. Boxing aside, Adonis has a sort of charm as a troubled youth that the audience can connect with.
The film also moved at a fantastic pace. The intensity builds up to the fight towards the end, but there are multiple boxing scenes to keep the crowd's attention. The technical aspects of the film also create a concrete boxing movie that is slightly over two hours. Every boxing scene is filmed spectacularly as the camera bounces around in the ring. I really felt like I was in the middle of the fight, taking all of the punches that Adonis was taking. Of course, along the way there are some awesome montages that remind the viewer of the first Rocky film. Finally, while the score is not by Bill Conti, it still recalls the old themes that are always stuck in the audience's head.
The Bottom Line: This film is a very fun watch that Rocky fans can enjoy alongside people who have never even seen a Rocky film.