It’s a Bad Idea to ‘Live Vicariously’ through Kids
Ivan Drago never forgot his loss to Rocky. Neither hid his family and friends, who abandoned him.
Thus, Drago lives vicariously through his son, Viktor, in hopes that he will avenge the loss to Rocky and restore pride to the family name. Ivan ruthlessly trains Viktor, and the relationship soon strains.
“My son will break your boy,” Ivan tells Rocky.
“All he knows is this,” Ivan adds, holding up his fists.
Viktor, though, grows bitter toward his father. He likes boxing, but not at the expense of losing a relationship with his dad.
Unlike the good-vs.-evil matchup in Rocky IV, Creed II gives us a more nuanced plot. Sure, we’re cheering for Adonis, but we also feel compassion for Viktor and even for Ivan, who faces pressures from his country not present in the U.S.
Thankfully, Ivan sees the error of his ways, but not before we get a lesson on how not to parent. It’s tempting to want our children to succeed in ways we did … and even in ways we did not. But we must remember: God has gifted each of us uniquely. Perhaps our children will have the same talents and passions that we have. Then again, maybe not.
Creed II is rated PG-13 for sports action violence, language, and a scene of sensuality.
Michael Foust is a freelance writer. Visit his blog, MichaelFoust.com.
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