If you’ve reached this review, it’s either because you’ve already been won over by the series of books by Sylvain Reynard or because since the beginning of the pandemic it has been following the series of films inspired by the collection of the author whose identity has not yet been revealed to us. Regardless of how you got here, it’s probably because you’ve fallen in love with the characters and the journey of love and redemption that resembles the journey of Dantepoem created by Dante Alighieri. And, after three films and a good dose of waiting, finally another feature from this universe arrived on the platform of romance and Passionflixunder the name ‘Gabriel’s Trial: Part 2’.
After a dream season in Italyo Prof. Emerson (Giulio Berruti) e Julia (Melanie Zanetti) are back, on the eve of starting their semester at college. Gabriel is completely surrendered, in love, but Julia you need space, not only to get used to sharing your life with someone else, but also to write your thesis in peace, once your advisor is on your toes. However, what was just flowers quickly turns into a nightmare for the two, when they receive a complaint of sexual harassment made to the university against the couple. So, Julia e Gabriel will have to defend their relationship before the dean, who investigates if the two started to get involved when they were still a teacher and student, and the end of this story may not be so happy for them.
Following the same format as the previous films, developing in about an hour and a half in length, the new part of ‘Gabriel’s Hell‘ seems to finally get the franchise back on track, following a previous film that felt more like a plot-less honeymoon diary. It’s a risk to turn each book into two features, and considering that the series has four books and each one will turn into two or three movies, we can already have a notion that the story won’t always move in some direction.
Fortunately, in ‘Gabriel’s Trial: Part 2‘ the thing gets a little ahead, putting the protagonists to finally face the first official obstacle in this whole story. Although the problem is the center of the plot, the feature is not limited to that, and the screenplay by Tosca Musk finds space to build the long-awaited hot makeout scenes between the protagonists – and yes! The couple shows that they still have a lot of chemistry, despite the fact that the film was shot during the pandemic.
With a more experienced look, the fourth part of the journey of the Prof. Emerson shows that the entire team is maturing along with the story and the characters, although some technical imperfections keep repeating themselves in the direction of Tosca Musk. But who cares, right? ‘Cause in movies like ‘Gabriel’s Trial: Part 2‘ the audience wants more is clichéd catchphrases and to see the thing on fire under the sheets – and it does happen, and in a very convincing way…