Have you struggled to “go the distance” – whether it was mastering a sport, a school subject, or just overcoming a difficult challenge/time in life?
I know I have- quite a few times at that. However, the one that sticks out the most is science class! Learning was always easy for me. I could make an A with no effort at all… in every class except science. Even at an early age science was just never my thing. I wasn’t good at it and the more I tried the more I failed so I gave up and quit trying. I’ll never forget how my 11th grade science teacher thought I needed advance placement science since I was sleeping in her class. She was convinced that since I had an A in every class except hers, that I wasn’t being challenged enough. I pleaded and tried to explain to her that I just wasn’t catching on, but my plea fell on deaf ears.
The next semester I found myself sitting in an advance placement science class wondering how I had gotten there – knowing I wasn’t going to make it. I tried, I truly tried- harder than I ever had. It was frustrating to actually have to put effort in, to actually have to study. However, my efforts had gotten me nowhere because when it was all said and done. I got an F!
I found myself taking night school to make up that grade. This teacher understood my struggle and listened when I said that I really didn’t get it. He was patient and took the time to help me understand rather than assuming that I wasn’t being challenged enough by glancing at my other grades. He help me discover a small sliver of hope and I actually enjoyed his class. I caught on slowly and passed with a low B.
However, that 8 week long night class taught me a lot about myself. I learned not to give up- even when I feel hopeless. I learned to give my all and to speak up for myself. I learned that it was okay to ask for help and to accept it. I learned not to underestimate myself. I also learned to have patience.
CREED II is a testament to the resiliency of the human spirit and the power of family.
Life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed. Between personal obligations and training for his next big fight, he is up against the challenge of his life. Facing an opponent with ties to his family’s past only intensifies his impending battle in the ring. Rocky Balboa is there by his side through it all and, together, Rocky and Adonis will confront their shared legacy, question what’s worth fighting for, and discover that nothing’s more important than family. Creed II is about going back to basics to rediscover what made you a champion in the first place, and remembering that, no matter where you go, you can’t escape your history.
On November 21, 2018, the one-two combo of Rocky and Creed, who onscreen inspired us all to “go the distance,” and fight for our dreams returns to the big screen to face their biggest challenge yet – both on and off the ring.
Michael B. Jordan
Florian “Big Nasty” Munteanu