Happy New Year everybody! My first review for the year is a spill over from last year. I can’t believe that I actually love this series where so many people have actually condemned it. Honestly I pity those who are unable to sit back, relax and just have a laugh at the antics of Emily, especially during this dire pandemic era. I mean … “Why so serious?”
The sophomore year for Emily in Paris proves to be even more fun than its first season. The 10 episodes just breezes through when you binge watch this. Overall, I find that the production values, acting, storyline and everything about it has improved. The original vast is here and they seem to be so much more at ease with their characters now. There is an additional love interest in the form of Alfie (played by Lucien Laviscount), a British expat who happens to be Emily’s French language classmate. And the annoying boss from America, Madeline who makes an unwelcome visit to the Paris office where Emily works.
Apart from Lily Collins herself as Emily, the standout performance is definitely Korean actress Ashley Park as her best friend who not only has great comic sense but also can sing! France actress Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu as Emily’s stern and no nonsense boss Sylvie has a more expanded role this time and all for the better as this has given her the opportunity to really show us what a polished and classy act she is.
Apart from the jokes and performances, there is the amazing Parisian scenery to savior. Everything looks so beautiful from the streets to the costumes, the food they eat, the music to the touristy locales captured so lovingly. What is there to complain? Call it a guilty pleasure or not, but for me, Emily in Paris is just pure, honest, clean fun and uncomplicated entertainment. It will just transport you to her wonderful world for 30 minutes each episode and that is just what we all need to take our minds off the real world. My only complain is that we have to wait another 12 months before we can find out what happens next.