There is something about Lily Collins
Actors: Lily Collins, Ashley Park, Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu, Lucas Bravo, Samuel Arnold, Bruno Gouery, Camille Razat, William Abadie, Charley Fouquet
Director: Darren Star
Rating: 2.5 stars (out of 5)
There is something about the fickle Emily Cooper and the actress who embodies it, Lily Collins. The two are instantly endearing, a fact that was proven beyond doubt when the series landed on Netflix over a year ago. She can be boring, goofs frequently, and gets into trouble too often. Her idiosyncrasies and accident-prone ways make Emily the person she is – a bundle of contradictions that never ceases to be a source of positivity. Whether you see this as real youthful imperturbability or simple recklessness depends on what you think of the misadventures of a 28-year-old woman on a voyage of discovery.
In the inaugural season, the laid-back charm of Emily and Lily had rubbed off on the Darren Star-created show, which, although it was criticized for its square footage and blinkers, was a huge success. He offered more than a slight diversion. Season 2 of Emilie in Paris is no different even if the protagonist is no longer what she was – an ingenuous abroad. She is now a little more seasoned Parisian who has hardened a little and is therefore even more likely to cross the line and dive into delicate situations.
The world is going through tough times and he could certainly use the kind of unpretentious, unpretentious entertainment that Emily in Paris offers. The relentless struggles of a Chicago girl struggling to assert herself in a French marketing firm and being caught in two minds by her feelings for a friend’s boyfriend and another man she connects with add up to a harmless recreation – and a much needed escape. Put your worries aside, appeal to the bounty of ignoring the grease and fluff, and immerse yourself in Emily in Paris S2. Chances are, you will feel lighter on the other end of the phone.
Season 1 had culminated with Emily already in the crosshairs of Camille (Camille Razat), a main client of Savoir and one of her first friends in Paris, for sleeping with her boyfriend, Gabriel (Lucas Bravo). This part of the story, which runs throughout the new season, sees the protagonist stumble from one misstep to another in her attempt to limit the damage. Balancing the task of mending fences with a friend and responding to his heart tremors isn’t a snap.
The sensory and the emotional compete for attention in Emily in Paris S2. The show is probably the pretext for a real fashion show in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. None of the key characters ever make an appearance with anything less than their best, outfits always complemented by well-matched accessories that stand out.
The emotions inherent in the difficult choice Emily faces – should she continue her dangerous banter with Gabriel or warm up to the ardor of Englishman Alfie (Lucien Laviscount, an addition to the cast)? – are not always so pronounced and easy to understand. The romantic triangle – there are two here – introduces a touch of whimsy, intriguing but not always convincing.
The sights and sounds of Paris are complemented nicely by the bright visuals and what Emily, her roommate Mindy (Ashley Park, as good as she was in S1) and the rest of the cast put to work and life. game. The feathers are ruffled all the time, but no one seems to lose their cool outside except on stray occasions. Actually, Emily in Paris S2 has a scene where blood is spilled but, don’t worry, the stains go away pretty quickly.
The show unfolds through a series of marketing campaigns and powwow roundtables, friendly rivalries in the workplace, a birthday party that ends up in a mess, a restaurant opening that triggers a bitter tiff. , a hectic trip to Saint-Tropez (where Emily courted trouble by neglecting French law and work on weekends), a Chopard party on a bateau-mouche, a flamboyant fashion show in Versailles and even a heatwave.
For those digging into the French New Wave and Balzac, there’s a bit of both in the mix. Emily’s colleague Luc (Bruno Gouery), who declares Paris to be the cinema capital of the world, takes her to “Truffaut’s favorite cinema”, Le Champo, to see Jules and Jim. The importance of the threesome in the film is not lost on Emily and she wonders what Luc is doing.
On his 29th birthday, Luc, described by someone as this “mad scientist”, gave him a copy of Cousine Bette de Balzac. But that does not end Emily’s difficulties with the French language. She tries to write a letter of apology in French to Camille only to tie herself up.
There is more female power in this season of Emilie in Paris than before. Camille’s triumvirate, Mindy, who finds love, a band to play with and a way out of being a “pee madam” in a drag club, and the aggressive Sylvie (Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu), are joined by Madeline Wheeler (Kate Walsh) of Gilbert Group, the American company that owns Savoir. She appears in the last two episodes and shakes things up for Sylvie, Emily, Savoir and the series.
Emily has a way of getting into trouble, especially with the sarcastic Sylvie, and Madeline’s arrival only makes matters worse at Savoir by accentuating the France-America divide the heroine seeks to bridge. It doesn’t help that she sits precariously between a Norman chef and a suave London banker, unaware of what is best for her. But nothing seems to discourage her.
It’s true of Emilie in Paris Season 2 as a whole. It has its share of inconsistencies, but none of this makes a major dent as the show flows as well as the Seine without promising to transport itself to a place of particular importance.
Season 2 of Emilie in Paris is informed with enough fun, fancy, and fashion that we don’t notice that it’s actually just a featherweight affair that doesn’t say much about the world of high fashion and luxury brands or the city of Paris seen through the eyes of a girl from the American Midwest. What it shows is an embellished, passable pulp that, at the very least, can be a decent weekend watch.