English subtitles for the live action film are finally out. I gave it a watch and it was entertaining enough, but I am a sucker for heist stories, Lupin, Fantomas, and anything related.
The story is a bit basic, but competent enough. Biggest problem is that characters need to make stupid decisions for plot to happen. Diabolik, for example, is pretty sloppy. He has a wife, leaves fingerprints everywhere, his lair is not very well disguised. Batman's setup is much better thought out than Diabolik's.
There are some contrived things, like ramp hidden in the road at the very beginning of the film. Putting that thing in there unnoticed would have been difficult, and it would have been discovered during road maintenance work.I also did not not like how quick Diabolik and Eva Kant were to trust each other. Things get silly at points, like the court room scene, but I assume the comedy works much better in Italian.
However, the heist at the end is pretty neat, even if it could be orchestrated more efficiently. All expected elements of the genre are there and it manages to avoid some of the annoying cliches.
The film had a decent budget and was pretty to look at. Special effects are minimal but look good, there are practical stunts, and there are no attempts at cutting corners and hiding this using shaky cam and jarring, rapid cuts like Marvel films are prone to do. There is the knife throw, but that looks to me more like a stylistic choice to old pulp and 60s crime serials. They used split screen quite a bit, but not in any interesting way.
Actors do a good job in my opinion, but not knowing the original language makes it difficult to tell.
Diabolik had decent budget. Special effects are minimal but look good, there are practical stunts, and there are no attempts at cutting corners and hiding this using shaky cam and rapid cuts like Marvel films are prone to do. They used split screen quite a bit, but not in any interesting way.