Lupin: Part 2

  • 26 Jun - 02 Jul, 2021
  • Mag The Weekly

As quarantine programming phenomena go, Netflix’s Lupin wasn’t the most bizarre. Plus, it was an astonishing tease. The wait is finally over. Lupin: Part 2 probably doesn’t benefit from now-high expectations. There are cracks in this too-flashy veneer that appear with the application of pressure. Some imperfections, though, don’t detract from the gravitational force of Omar Sy’s star power, from the healing escapism of the Parisian settings or the show’s satisfying propulsion. Sy (The Intouchables) plays Assane Diop, a master criminal who derives his inspiration and ethos from Maurice Leblanc’s principled “gentleman thief” Arsène Lupin. In the series premiere, Assane executed a dazzling jewel heist at the Louvre, part of a Count of Monte Cristo-esque revenge plot against the nefarious Hubert Pellegrini (Hervé Pierre), the powerful tycoon who deceitfully got Assane’s father sent to prison, where he killed himself. The five new episodes pick up immediately, following Raoul’s kidnapping and Assane’s ongoing quest for payback, as well as the independent investigation by Youssef (Soufiane Guerrab), an honest detective who can almost equal Assane’s appreciation for the fictional Lupin. The second half of the season gives us more time with Antoine Gouy’s Benjamin, Assane’s lifelong sidekick. It’s such a good ensemble that you only occasionally are bothered by how one-dimensionally hammy both Pierre and Garanger are as baddies.