What is it that made me watch round 3 of Emily in Paris? Honestly, at first, I watched it for the gorgeous and nostalgic cinematography of Paris captured by Steven Fierberg as well as for the French actors, especially Sylvie played by Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu from Call My Agent, and the bilingual acting that raises the bar a couple notches in this Lalaland soap opera.
I remember as a child reading the book series based on a character called Caroline. We’d follow Caroline’s adventures such as Caroline à Paris, Caroline à l’école, Caroline à la ferme, etc.,..and Emily reminds me of the book series Emily in Paris, Emily at the Office, Emily at the Restaurant, etc… so it would appear that whether we like it or not, we are not left indifferent and Emily might be here to stay.
We had Emily in Paris, Season 1, followed by Emily in Paris, Season 2, and now here we are for round 3 and I was secretly really hoping to like Emily… Qu’est-ce qu’elle m’énerve!!! So, in fact, the actress does a superb job with her character which really gets on my nerves. From the oversized distracting bushy eyebrows, the outrageous circus-like fashions, and her Pollyanna spoiled and insolent goodie-goodie personality.
To be fair, I did enjoy the overall surreal effects of the bold colors and outrageous costumes created by designer Marylin Fitoussi. I especially liked the homage to Audrey Hepburn with the black dress Emily wore posing on the stairway as well as Sylvie’s oversized arched dress made quite an impression. The American executive, Kate, also made me chuckle with her Americanized French and her huge gallon size bottle of water she carries everywhere, I enjoyed the exceptional entertainment and vocal talent of Emily’s BFF Mindy played by Ashley Park & Kevin Dias in the French rendition of Shallow (!)
“I’m only watching it for the gorgeous images captured of Paris and France”… and yet, I still watched it. Ridicule! With the last episode cliffhanger, of course, season 4 is right around the corner and I’ll probably be tuning in again to catch a dreamy glimpse of le beau Paris and catch up with Emily who grows on you in a cringe-worthy kind of way. So, “Bravo Lily Collins as Emily, good job!” like Sylvie said.
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