Acapulco season 2 review: Pleasantly whimsical and satisfying

Season 2 of Acapulco revolves around Maximo narrating the events of 1985 at Las Colinas and his hometown as he faces his fears in the present. All episodes are now streaming on Apple TV+.

Story

Maximo heads to Acapulco to attend Don Pablo’s memorial in the present and takes Hugo along with him as he continues to tell him his life story.

He continues with everything that happened in the year 1985, as Chad and Julia are engaged, he begins dating Julia’s friend Isabel and Sara and Nora take some time apart from each other because of their differences.

Maximo has to also face the consequences of his earlier deal with Espectacular and that complicates his relationship with Memo and his employment at Las Colinas.

As he narrates this story, he wrestles with the decision to meet someone dear to him from his past after many years and Hugo wonders whether it is Isabel or Julia, the love of his life.

Performances

Enrique Arrizon and Eugenio Derbez play Maximo in the past and present respectively and they’re equally charming in their roles. Arrizon is peppy and proactive as the younger hotshot while Derbez has got the quick wit and ragged demeanour of someone who’s lived a full life.

Fernando Carsa portrays Memo, Maximo’s best friend who is very clumsy and skittish. Carsa has good chemistry with Arrizon and the rest of the cast and he’s quite humorous when trying to stand up to Lupe or being a supportive friend to Maximo.

Camila Perez plays the sweet yet strong and independent Julia who is going through some doubt in her life due to her engagement with Chad and her feelings for Maximo. Perez captures the mindset of a person struggling with their decisions perfectly.

Chord Overstreet and Jessica Collins are consistent in their roles as Chad and Diane respectively as both characters exhibit significant growth during this season.

Damián Alcázar, Vanessa Bauche, Regina Reynoso, Rafael Cebrián and Carlos Corona provide good performances as supporting members of the cast.

Positives

The colour palette of the season is so vibrant and magnificent. All the sets and locations are beautifully captured and add a layer of fascination.

The story progression is well-paced and all the bases are satisfactorily covered without too many loose ends. There is a constant level of intrigue with each episode, reeling in the audience for more.

The soundtrack of the season is similarly brilliant, much like the first season. Lots of upbeat tunes and Spanish versions of iconic English songs of the 80s set the right tone.

Negatives

The omission of Don Pablo’s character for a few episodes leaves a very clear hole that is not adequately filled. His calming presence and experienced perspective added some respectability to the episodes.

The series takes a very casual approach in its tone and doesn’t aim to break any barriers with its content. Sara’s sexuality is handled in a respectable yet simple manner without adding potential significance apart from the expected family bonds.

Verdict

Season 2 of Acapulco is a feel-good offering that carries on in the footsteps of the first season. It’s got the right amount of humour and heart-warming emotion as there is ample romance and character growth as the various motivations of its characters are explored.

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Director: Jay Karas, Nicole Treston Abranian, Victor Nelli, Jr.

Date Created: 2022-10-21 09:30

Editor's Rating:
3

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