The rise and fall of a hero of the new times. After triumphing on Netflix in the first five episodes of the series Lupin, Assane Diop (Omar Sy), a burglar gentleman wearing sneakers and cap, disappoints in the rest of his adventures awaited by millions of viewers.
At the end of the first part of this first season, we had left our hero of a new genre in a bad way. Come to celebrate the feast of Arsène Lupine at the foot of the cliffs of Étretat, the admirer of the thief dandy of Maurice Leblanc had seen his son being kidnapped by one of the henchmen of the infamous Hubert Pellegrini (Hervé Pierre).
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Twenty years earlier, this crooked businessman had Assane Diop’s father convicted, with the help of a corrupt police officer, for the theft of jewelry. Convinced of his innocence, the young boy devotes his life to avenging his father, who died in prison in troubled circumstances.
Lead shoes and wet firecracker
Darker, this second part is also more laborious, surveying the dramatic vein with lead shoes. Endless chases, badly filmed fights, twists and turns stitched in a white thread: Assane’s quest to find her son is so boring that one would be tempted to watch it at high speed, an option offered by Netflix to its subscribers in a hurry …
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Finding a little breath afterwards, Lupin never regains the sparkling charm that made his debut so entertaining. The supporting roles, however well established (starting with Soufiane Guerrab as a malicious cop, and Adama Niane as a poisonous henchman), are discarded to leave all the room for the too theatrical face-to-face between Diop and Pellegrini. Demonstrative and heavy, the staging resembles that of a B series, and the final bouquet, yet colored with beautiful symphonic music by Mathieu Lamboley, like a wet firecracker.