The success of the Lupin Netflix was overwhelming and, in its own way, even surprising. Not that the first part of the French production had no merits, and we told you about them in our review of Lupine Part 1, but there is no doubt that the series with Omar Sy landed on the streaming platform amid the general skepticism of those who feared a pale transposition of the gentleman thief of Maurice Leblanc to ride the evergreen success of the animation franchise.
In reality, Netflix’s Lupine has shown that he can have his say, establishing himself as a product inspired only by the famous literary character and able to create an effective story. The first part, consisting of 5 episodes, was just the appetizer to the next five, arriving on 11 June. We we were able to preview Lupine Part 2, and here we are to sum up with the final epic of Assane Diop.
The final battle
Lupine 1 ended with a mighty cliffhanger. After the vengeful Assane, in an attempt to bring out the truth about his deceased father and frame the perfidious Mr. Pellegrini, unleashed the ire of the philanthropist and triggered a daring manhunt for all of France, to pay the consequences of the actions of the gentleman thief is none other than his family.
A henchman of Pellegrini, in fact, kidnaps Raoul, the son of Assane, and forces the hero to a chase to the last breath to save his loved ones and keep his family away from the shady deals that see him involved. Part 2 of Lupine, in short, is a natural continuation of the first five episodes, and as such leads us to the end of a journey that closes an entire narrative arc. After “chapter 6”, which is an episode with truly surprising horror / thriller tints, the remaining four episodes stage the showdown between Assane and Pellegrini, carrying out the revenge epic of the shrewd criminal played by an increasingly convincing Omar Sy.
Overall, therefore, Lupine’s narrative convinces: each character is perfectly in place in the overall design of the work, and more or less each of them receives a worthy conclusion by the end of Part 2. Compared to the first season, however, there are fewer citations to Leblanc’s literary work. Don’t get us wrong: the quotations to Lupin’s classic novels are there, and in a couple of moments the show does not give up its “Sherlockian” nature in the intelligent resolution of a mystery (complete with a revealing “explanation” back in time).
The gentleman thief according to Netflix
In general, while not reaching particular heights in the quality of writing, this Lupine conceived by Netflix works and creates an intriguing tale made up of charismatic and effective characters. The lower quotationism of Leblanc’s work allows the product, in this second part, to take on more identity and depth, with some visual insights that are really not bad. This is the case of the aforementioned episode 6, but also of the powerful final showdown, which confirms the great production commitment of the French series.
On the other hand, both the action scenes and the frequent luxury fashion shows such as that of the concert in the final episode, highlight all the logistical effort of the streaming giant in investing in a product like Lupine, which despite some small ingenuity in the plot narrative (some plot passages perhaps too hasty and a park of police supporting characters much less charismatic than other figures) can be said a bet won in all respects.
The success of the work and the satisfactory quality of the final result, however, pave the way for Part 3 which, in our opinion, cannot fail to be on Netflix’s radar: despite having a fully self-contained story, in fact, the two parts that make up Lupine’s first narrative arc end with an ending that seems to deliberately leave some glimmer for new adventures. And we hope so a little, because Omar Sy’s gentleman thief has already won our hearts.