Regardless if you’ve watched the TV series or not, Berlin, Berlin: Lolle on the Run is worth a stab — it’s a fun, nostalgic cinematic sequel.
Netflix film Berlin, Berlin: Lolle on the Run was released on the platform on Aug 7. 2020. This review contains no spoilers.
I was slightly concerned when I turned on the German film. I haven’t watched the hit TV series that this is a sequel to so I wondered if I would have missed the context. However, Netflix’s Berlin, Berlin: Lolle on the Run spends plenty of time bringing the nostalgic elements to the fray in quirky montages so you can at least grasp at the history between the characters.
Berlin, Berlin: Lolle on the Run sees Lolle finally ready to start a serious, secure life with Hart — the wedding is set, the vows are ready, and the wedding bells are about to ring. But the man that she’s never being able to get rid of turns up to disrupt her wedding — Sven. The Netflix film ignites a strange adventure where Lolle ends up on the run with a woman named Dana after getting into a few shenanigans with the law.
The story relies on a heavy dose of sisterhood; Lolle and Dana are platformed as enemies but the story goes on a predictable path where the two women bond. The adventure goes wild and silly but the nature of the story stays intact — I hope that this film does not feel like a hopeless sequel nestled on Netflix and it offers the fans some wonderful memories.
The question of who Lolle is going to choose is the underlying plot of the Netflix film. It enjoys keeping it at arm’s length throughout the duration. Audiences will get the sense of what the real issue is for Lolle — there’s this overarching potential that maybe making a choice between Sven and Hart is not the best route to take. Berlin, Berlin: Lolle on the Run clearly has years of complications between the trio but the on-screen chemistry and history are evident to see.
Regardless if you’ve watched the TV series or not, the film is worth a stab — it’s a fun, nostalgic cinematic sequel.
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