Lupin is a great show. There is plenty of action and mystery, and fun to figure out how he plans it all in present time and flashbacks. Omar Sy is terrific, as is the whole cast. Sure, we know it's him in disguise,
but who cares, it is so much fun. I'm ready for another season!
I wish this show was smarter, I can't fault the acting or the cinematography but holy hell is the plot dumb. I kept watching hoping to be surprised by a really clever twist but every character trope and plot point is cliche. I found myself more frustrated than elated at the decisions theI wish this show was smarter, I can't fault the acting or the cinematography but holy hell is the plot dumb. I kept watching hoping to be surprised by a really clever twist but every character trope and plot point is cliche. I found myself more frustrated than elated at the decisions the supposedly clever protagonist makes. Maybe my expectations of what the show is supposed to be are wrong, but the master of disguise, gentlemen thief, and smarter than Herlock Sholmes aka Sherlock Holmes these characters are not.…Expand
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While the first season was gripping, witty and intelligent, the second is heavy handed, predictable and quite often silly. In the first season, it made sense to have flash backs retelling the events, because the tricks were intelligent and complicated, now the flashbacks show the boringly obvious.
The specific charm of the tales by Leblanc and the first 2/3 of the first season was its unusual trust in intelligence and wit against brute force, but it ruined it by not letting go of the characters and settings.
The acting by the main characters is still fine, but even the best actor would be overburdened by so many contradicting premises: the extremely privileged gentleman from the books becomes a black son of a man who died in prison (artistic bringer of justice-arc). That would be challenging enough, but they have to add: he is in love with the mother of his son, but he betrayed her repeatedly in his life and she doesn't trust him any longer (redemption arc). And there is the revenge story, because there is this evil man who is the reason why his father died in prison (revenge arc), And there is the love story between him and the daughter of the evil man (love story 2), and there is the story of the police man who is the only one who detects Lupin and there are the heists and tricks and show downs....
This is the usual recipe of (not only) Netflix series: Many plot lines to switch between, because they don't trust the attention span of the viewers, and many extreme emotions, because more is better. And usually non of the story lines is finished when the show is cancelled after the second or third season, because they don't have stories to tell.…Expand