Diabolik, a new chapter
Clerville, late at night.
On a wall of the city museum, a figure moves in the shadows. It’s Diabolik, the king of terror who, as usual, is about to make an impossible shot: steal a precious crown.
But, even if the coup seems to have succeeded, a new challenge appears on the horizon, with the eternal rival Inspector Ginko…
New challenges, betrayals and the ever-blonde Eva Kant follow one another in this new chapter of the masked thief.
The movie trailer
Diabolik, when terror calls, but finds busy
The eternal struggle between Ginko and Diabolik lives again in this new film, sequel to the first Diabolik, also by the Manetti Bros.
Diabolik, Ginko on the attackadaptation of one of the King of Terror stories, released in 1964.
There is always something missing in these Diaboliks. Like a plot. Or sensible dialogue. Or convincing actors who don’t parody stereotypical characters.
But let’s start from the beginning. After about 4 initial minutes which bodes well, where I really thought, but do you want to see who I’m around they took?! But do you want to see that we finally have a DIABOLIK… We come to one of the most rambling acronyms I’ve ever seen. A great mix of Ax commercials (for the man who never has to ask), nuanced power point effects, music videos from years to be defined, and bits of film that continues in the meantime.
All with the title of the film appearing intermittently. Never in my day have I seen a title appear and disappear, blending into the whole and mingling with words written in the same style. A staging, a pale imitation of acronyms already seen and much more successful.
From then on, for me the catastrophe.
The stubbornness of putting clean-shaven boys in men’s roles is a big part of the problem. Certainly Giacometti is more convincing than the first Diabolik. But “more convincing” is not enough to have a real king of terror on the screen. And I can say that seeing the cold-hearted king smile and almost laugh makes the character lose credibility. Luckily Giacometti is seen very little in the film.
They have always told me the story between Eva and Diabolik as one of those knee-shaking stories, and between the two protagonists not even the leaves are shaking. There is no chemistry, there is Miriam Leone looking at Giacometti and barely holding back her laughter.
Miriam, understand that I understand you, your Eva deserved a Diabolik to spark off with, and after having kept the entire first film on your shoulders, here perhaps you no longer had the strength.
Unstressed interpretations, cold captions.
A plot then, which does not have the slightest chance of having half a twist. You understand from the first moment how it ends, what happens who is who etc etc.
On the role of Monica Bellucci I would like to draw a veil. I really don’t want to comment on the role and the interpretation in any way, which has its maximum in the final dialogue between her and Valerio Mastrandrea, a sequence, with an exchange of jokes and an acting level that I don’t understand how two actors like them have managed to do.
I feel compelled to apologize to my seat neighbor who physically felt my eyes roll up to heaven. Not to mention that half of Bellucci’s speeches are just incomprehensible (you don’t understand the words she pronounces).
Of course, it’s not all to throw away. Costumes, sets and music make their own. They make us travel through time and it really feels like the 60s. Except for the jewels, ah they really don’t. The jewels of this film are ugly, without ifs and buts.
In short, between laughter in the room, puffs, yawns and people snoring I would say that this Diabolik has more than something wrong. Like the line “I didn’t kill her, I hit him with the handle of the knife”. Since when did the king of terror become so soft?
The film ends with an inscription:
The hunt continues
Written that appears at the exact moment in which Diodato sings “and I already know that it will hurt”.
Coincidences? I do not think so. It’s a spoiler for the third chapter.
But if you think about it, all of Diodato’s song is a spoiler and summary of the film.
“Everything changes its face.” Diabolik changes face, “but I already know it will hurt” to see this second chapter.
Eva Kant: “Everything turned out perfectly”
Reporter from the back of the room: “In short.”
Wise words come from the back of the room, coming from a wise spectator.