‘Lupin,’ taking Netflix by storm


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by Kevin Lederer, Social Media Manager (Facebook)

Season 1 – 5 episodes / 40 minutes each

Total rating –  4. / 5 stars

Rating Criteria – Each 10 points

Plot – 8

Acting – 7

Originality – 8

Dialogue – 9

Conflict – 10

New to the Netflix scene in 2021 is a French show called “Lupin,” starring Omar Sy, who plays Assane Diop, a professional thief with a sad past that made him the man he is today. The show is about how Assane goes through many hardships in order to find out who is responsible for the framing of his father 25 years ago, while trying to balance his family life.

The show first starts with us following Assane as he goes through the Louvre in Paris, France, as he does his ‘normal’ janitorial work. As he cleans the floor he glances up at the Mona Lisa and then to the Queen’s necklace, in which another janitor tells him about how it will be up for auction for millions of Euros soon. We soon meet Assane’s ex-wife and son who still have a close relationship, but their marriage ended due to Assane not being able to manage both his robberies and marriage. 

Assane later meets a gang of men too that he owes money to, and he realizes that they can be useful to him by having them help steal the Queen’s necklace. After a dramatic plotting scene, the night comes and Assane uses his wits to take advantage of the men and make off with one of his biggest scores, yet in the highest of fashion all for himself. There are many memorable and intense moments in this heist scene which is why I gave the originality a higher rating. 

We eventually come to find the real reason for his persistence to steal the Queen’s necklace and how he thinks his dad was framed for the robbery of the necklace 25 years ago. His dad who was a driver was accused of stealing the necklace for the family that he drove for, a wealthy family in France, and after signing a confession to try to lower his sentence he ended up getting the maximum sentence and hanged himself in jail. The overall back story keeps you on your toes the whole time. The writers do an excellent job with the plot and there’s always something more to learn

All of this information is easy to digest as you’re watching, which is why I gave the conflict and plot such a high rating. It is deserving of every point.

The overall plot keeps the viewer wanting to keep watching after every episode with its amazing cliff hangers. The flashbacks throughout each episode keep you on your toes and did an excellent job of moving the plot along. In the flashbacks that we get each episode the characters playing the younger versions of everyone do a great job of embodying the role of the main characters and giving you a sense of what made them who they are today.

As the episodes continue there starts to become some plot holes throughout the episodes that start to make the show less believable than it did in the beginning. While these things keep happening to make the show more of a thriller it does a bad job of making up for the plot holes that it leaves whenever Assane gets away at the last minute.

This series is definitely worth the watch. It’s an amazing show and if you’re looking for a short series for a long trip, or something to fill some time, this show is perfect for you. With season two on the way for summer this year, “Lupin” is definitely something you don’t want to miss out on.