Earlier in the year, Lupine’s first part on Netflix was a hit, becoming the most-watched French production overseas for the platform. Eager to beat iron when it’s hot, the latter quickly unleashes the second part of the man-thief adventure played by Omar Sy. indictment.
Lupine is back with five new episodes and one goal: to renew the success of his debut and his 76 million views for Netflix, glad that the French series is also being exported overseas. For our part, we didn’t lag behind in impatience because despite the big flaws, the first part has convinced us with its modern rereading and love of Maurice Leblanc’s work, while ensuring the entertainment side. In short, we threw ourselves at this 2nd part.
The beginning of this sixth episode follows directly from the previous events and Assane (Omar Sy) pursues the kidnapper (Adama Niane) of her son Raoul with the help of Inspector Youssef (Soufiane Guerrab). A sub-plot that quickly turns very uninteresting because it lacks suspense, staging, writing, and acting. Not to mention the many fake connections.
An appetizer that’s getting harder to watch as we imagined seeing this part 2 push the slider to correct the former’s mistakes, while bringing more surprise and energy. Failing that, he rushed the wall at full speed by offering two episodes worthy of the old TF1 detective series.
A bittersweet observation that will never leave us, even after the series gets back on track with an Assane who has become Lupine again. Despite a very present desire to continue playing on Maurice Leblanc’s writings, the show seems to have lost all its charm, it’s almost as if there is no faith left, either on the part of the writers, or on the part of the actors. The departure of Louis Leterrier (replaced by Hugo Gélin who did his best) from main production seems to have put a stop to even the slightest ambition.
So of course, the five episodes hooked up effortlessly, but where there was something to cheer up a few months earlier, we laughed more than anything else today. A bit like the previous La Casa de Papel, this series almost falls into an automatic parody where it does the same thing, but less well. Assane’s disguise will only fool the blind (i.e. the entire cast), the dialogue is ridiculous and there’s no longer any question of whether our hero is smart or someone else really stupid, we have the answer. Part 1 allows him more than just a scriptwriting facility to meet his needs; Part 2 of this will almost assume them.
Obviously, Omar Sy continued to carry Lupine on his shoulders and trusted him. One of the rare good ideas of this scenario is also to scratch the image of the male-thief, especially the male when it comes to manipulating his entourage. Moral freedom benefits actors, thereby exploiting a wider range of play. Quite simply, we just see it!
However, if he easily ignored his comrades, it was because the latter had no chance of existence. We hope for better roles for Claire (Ludivine Sagnier) and Juliette (Clotilde Hesme) in this sequel, they will only have a utilitarian place in the plot. Soufiane Guerrab was relegated to a side-kick position despite himself and the others… not having enough time to make an appearance to talk about. Only if Benjamin (Antoine Gouy) takes on more screen presence, without being more important.
Unable to change our expectations, Lupine Part 2 was a disappointment at best, a huge failure at worst. Anyway, the already announced part 3 will have to review everything in depth to hope to convince us again.