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Der junge Montalbano La stanza numero 2 (2012– ) HD online
Language: English
Category: TV Episode / Crime / Mystery
Original Title: La stanza numero 2
Director: Gianluca Maria Tavarelli
Released: 2012–
Duration: 2h
Video type: TV Episode
"Room Number 2" - a fire at a hotel results in the death of a man, murder? Salvo & Livia begin planning for the wedding. When Salvo asks Carmine to be his best man, Mimi gets upset. But Livia comes up with a solution that mends hurt feelings.
Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Michele Riondino Michele Riondino - Salvo Montalbano
Alessio Vassallo Alessio Vassallo - Mimì Augello
Andrea Tidona Andrea Tidona - Carmine Fazio
Beniamino Marcone Beniamino Marcone - Giuseppe Fazio
Fabrizio Pizzuto Fabrizio Pizzuto - Agente Catarella
Sarah Felberbaum Sarah Felberbaum - Livia Burlando
Nicola Rignanese Nicola Rignanese - Saverio Custunaci
Enrico Lo Verso Enrico Lo Verso - Ettore Manganaro
Antonio Alveario Antonio Alveario - Aurelio Ciulla
Aglaia Mora Aglaia Mora - Corinna Scibelli
Alessio Piazza Alessio Piazza - Paternó
Maurilio Leto Maurilio Leto - Gallo
Rosario Terranova Rosario Terranova - Annibale Padalino
Roberta Procida Roberta Procida - Serena Peritore
Francesco Sciacca Francesco Sciacca - Don Luigi Barbera


Reviews: [3]

  • avatar

    Ericaz

    Love 'Inspector Montalbano' and feel that it does a great job bringing freshness to a well-worn genre (not intended as a bad thing, love crime/mystery drama but there's a lot out there with familiar tropes to each other).

    Was not sure how its prequel series 'The Young Montalbano' would fare when hearing of it. It sounded interesting to see the great 'Inspector Montalbano' characters in their youth, but also questioned the necessity. With that being said, had mixed expectations before watching 'Endeavour', the prequel series to one of my favourites 'Inspector Morse' and it ended up nearly as great. The same goes for 'The Young Montalbano', it must have been no easy feat to live up to such a good show and have a younger actor for the title character filling in very big shoes but 'The Young Montalbano' manages it splendidly.

    Some may question the physical resemblances of the younger cast to 'Inspector Montalbano's' cast for continuity's sake, Mimi is a notable example. That was not an issue at all to me. By 'The Young Montalbano' standards (in fact anything to do with Montalbano in general, every single one of the lesser episodes of 'Inspector Montalbano were better than this one in my opinion), "Room Number Two" is something of a disappointment. It's hardly a bad episode, pretty decent, but up to this point in the show it's easily the weakest seeing as the previous episodes were no less than great.

    Getting the issues out of the way, there are far more surprising and exciting denouements elsewhere in 'The Young Montalbano'. This one was disappointing in its predictability and didn't feel cooked all the way through, even more under-cooked than the one for 'Inspector Montalbano's' "The Mud Pyramid". A few of the red herrings are agreed lazy and irrelevant, with the Mafia contribution actually confusing the story rather than adding to it or creating suspense.

    However, there is enough to make "Room Number 2" decent. As to be expected, it is beautifully shot and the scenery is stunning, making those who've never been to Italy want to book a holiday there as soon as possible and is a treat for anybody who loves all things Italian. The scenery as always is atmospheric and the use of it very clever, the locale as always is suitably colourful. The music is never over-bearing or low-key with a nice atmosphere and flavour, a lot of it is very cleverly used. The sound effects are remarkably authentic.

    Oh, and something that was neglected to be mentioned by me in my reviews for the show and its individual episodes is how the food and the way it's used is enough to make one salivate over, it looks so delicious and almost too good to eat.

    Part of 'The Young Montalbano's' appeal how it manages to stay true to what was so good about 'Inspector Montalbano' and is every bit as successful at creating a history that is both incredibly interesting and plausible. The humour is fun and remarkably true in spirit to 'Inspector Montalbano' if not as eccentric as that in the later episodes, the conflict is tense in a nail-biting way and the drama charms and affects. The romance is charming and Livia fares very nicely in her younger version. The characters as their younger selves, for what they lack in physical resemblance, more than make up for that in maintaining the same personalities we know and love the characters for and being just as interesting in development. Catarella when younger is just as hilarious, if more subtle. Even the supporting characters are given a lot of attention.

    While the story execution is not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, the two cases especially the first one are entertaining and intriguing mostly. The pacing is leisurely but not dull. One just wishes that more thought was put into the ending and the red herrings.

    The acting is very good, Michele Riondino had a Herculean task filling the shoes of the incomparable Luca Zingaretti but is more than up to the task and does it more than admirably, balancing comedy, drama and intensity with ease. All the other roles range from solid to great, with Fabrizio Pizzutto and Alessio Vassallo really coming into their own, but through the whole show it's Riondino's show all the way when it comes to the acting honours.

    Overall, disappointing but has a lot of good merits. 7/10 Bethany Cox
  • avatar

    Diab

    This episode opens with Montalbano and his fiancée Livia discussing their upcoming wedding; it won't be as simple as Salvo thought; the priest insists that he attends pre-marriage classes... Livia gets out of it as she lives in Genoa. As they drive away they see smoke which turns out to be coming from a burning hotel. The owner says that there is one person inside who had re-entered the building to retrieve an unknown item. His body is found and an investigation of the fire ensues; not surprisingly arson is suspected. As second case emerges when the police receive an anonymous letter stating that a local woman is going to be murdered by her husband. As the two cases progress suspects, including the local Mafia families appear. Away from the case Mimi is sure that Montalbano will select him to act as his witness at his wedding… and feels betrayed when somebody else receives that honour.

    This was a really fun episodes which nicely combined a couple of interesting mysteries and plenty of genuinely hilarious moments. As is often the case Fabrizio Pizzuto provides many of the laughs as the Catarella; the scene were we learn he is an expert in embroidery was particularly funny. Unusually though he wasn't the funniest character; Alessio Vassallo's portrayal of Mimi had me laughing out loud; first with his womanising ways then as he sulks when he isn't asked to be Montalbano's wedding witness. The crimes have plenty of suspects to keep us guessing until the final reveals. Overall a pretty good episode.
  • avatar

    SadLendy

    Sometimes one encounters programs that make you squirm with embarrassment at their sheer ineptitude. This could be due to poor acting, bad cinematography or lazy writing.

    "Room Number Two" falls into the final category. For what it's worth, the so-called "plot" centers round a fire at a seedy hotel in which a man perishes after having re-entered during the conflagration. The Inspector (Michele Riondino) is called to investigate and finds himself involved in a complicated web of lies, adultery, and Mafia involvement.

    The resolution ends up being wearily predictable; but on the way viewers have had to endure a series of irrelevant red herrings involving conflicts between the two Mafia families that dominate the Vigata area. There is another death along the way, but that has little or nothing to do with the hotel fire.

    We can sense the note of desperation in plot-construction, as most of the resolutions are provided by Fazio (Andrea Tidona) coming in and reporting the results of his investigations, thereby fulfilling a continuous deus ex machina role. For his part, Montalbano doesn't do much investigating at all, except at the end when he explains the plot in a sequence strongly reminiscent of Agatha Christie at her worst.

    The main subplot of Montalbano's projected marriage to Livia (Sarah Felberbaum) offers some light relief, but nonetheless complicated by our awareness that Montalbano doesn't really want to get hitched at all. Hence most of the so-called "preparations" are a waste of time. Director