Lupin is a name that has been around for quite a long time. Originally created in 1905 as a gentleman thief and a master of disguise the character has undergone many changes in its 115-year history. If you’re a fan of anime then his name might sound familiar as Lupin III which follows the exploits of Lupin’s grandson, the series has been a hit for decades. It is no surprise then that Netflix jumped on board to create a series on the fascinating character with a fantastic modern-day interpretation.
The first episode is a bit of a slow burn with an Ocean’s 11 style reveal, which really ups the ante for the entire rest of the series. As Lupin, Omar Sy shows just how much range he really has as an actor. As a master of disguise Lupin must infiltrate both the upper echelon of society and the seedy underground playing both with comfortable ease. He at once commands a room and blends into the background depending on the situation.
Much of that has to do with the masterful direction of Louis Leterrier. His background as a director of intelligent action films like The Incredible Hulk, Now You See Me, Transporter, and others make him the ideal person. The man at the helm of this creative endeavor It does help that every one of the cast is native French so they bring a level of cultural understanding to the series.
It should be noted that this is a French series. All of the episodes are presented both dubbed and with subtitles but the audio seems a little off with the American dub. That being said, art should always be enjoyed in its natural form so watching the series in its native French is highly recommended.