What is the story about?
In this second part, after Pellegrini gets his son Raoul kidnapped, Assane Diop goes all-out to bring Pellegrini to justice, with the help of Benjamin and police officer Guedira, using the meothods employed by his favourite literary character, Arsene Lupin.
What's not to love about a show that has Paris, heists and the talents of a "gentleman burglar" in it? The first part of Lupin had a stylish, yet, noble tone about it, and in spite of the car chases and elaborate escape plans, never lost its sense of judgement. After the cliffhanger ending of Part 1, where Raoul is abducted by Pellegrini's henchman, we see Diop's mask of countenance, and Louis Letterier's direction makes a terrific detour by making Diop witness a car explosion in which Raoul is supposedly present. We see his shoulders slouch out of grief instead of determination for the first time, and this is the exact point at which we start rooting for Diop. It's a brilliant bit of writing, and it sets up the stage for Diop's all-out plan for revenge.
Thankfully, even though there's a murder which is pinned on Diop, neither Diop nor this show believes in spilling any more blood. The rest of this show carries on the fine work done in the first part, and seems to bring this story to a fitting conclusion. There are also multiple references to how casually ingrained racism has become in French society, and how that helps and hinders Diop's work at times. We may or may not see a Part 3 for this series, but if the folks at MGM are looking for the next actor to play Agent 007, Netflix might have given them a French alternative to think about. This is a guilty pleasure, worth bingeing.
You just cannot take your eyes off Omar Sy. The lanky French star is perfectly assured and suave as he goes about executing one scheme after another with panache, but he really shines in the first episode, where the probable loss of Raoul makes him have an emotional breakdown. This part, though, is about the other actors stepping up. Antoine Gouy provides excellent support as Benjamin, while Soufianne Guerrab's Guedira serves as the conscience of the series, balancing his love for the world of Lupin with his duties as a police detective. Ludivine Sagnier is all right as Claire, while Clotilde Hesme is slightly one-note as Juliette. Unfortunately, Herve Pierre's Pellegrini seems more outlandish as the series gets to its conclusion.
Music & Other Departments
Francoise Dupertuis' production design is outstanding. The cinematography on this show is very good, and there are many breathtaking shots of the Seine river.
The sequence at the fundraiser with the orchestra and Diop on stage is a terrific setpiece. Also, the sequence in the Paris catacombs is shot well.
The only drawback I could think of is the fact that Pellegrini and Dumont, who appear menacing in the first part, seem out of place with the tone of the second part.
Did I enjoy it?
Do I recommend it?