The last time I did a cinema post was almost 3 months ago! I can't believe it, it's not that I haven't been to see any films in that time because I saw Wonder Woman, Spider-Man Homecoming, Baby Driver and a few others, I guess I just didn't get around to writing about them.
So last week, we went to go see Castle of Cagliostro for the first time in American Theaters, and it was absolutely epic. There were interviews before and after the film, and sneak peeks of the new series and celebration of the film's 40th anniversary. It is the first Lupin The 3rd Film, a series which has been going on since the '67.
If you aren't familiar, Lupin the 3rd is a master thief and a lecherous Womanizer, along with his pal Jigen (my personal favorite) and Goemon (who is not a Digimon I promise.) The travel the world relieving castles and strongholds of their riches and managing to stay two steps ahead of Inspector Zenigata and his Interpol police officers. With help and sabotage from his friend/lover/enemy, Fujiko, his mission attempts are largely successful.
This film is about the 2nd chance at a mission that he failed in his youth, the power of the right to choose your own destiny, and counterfeit money. Castle of Cagliostro is also different from any other Lupin film because it was directed by Hayao Miyazaki (Ghibli fame) and it was his debut. Even after 40 years, the art is breathtaking, the action is top notch, and the story is beautiful.
I've been watching Lupin off and on since I was younger, so I know the gist, but I hadn't actually gotten around to seeing it, and when I saw they were showing it in my local theater, with subtitles, I absolutely had to go see it! This was also a new theater that we hadn't been to yet, but it was so nice! It was the perfect mix of old and new. I definitely was hit with nostalgia as I waited to get my tickets.
So the film begins with an epic car chase, and their little fiat is FILLED with money stolen from the local casino, but WAIT, all of it is counterfeit, they release it into the air, and there is so much of it, that it stops their pursuers cold. They are the legendary Gothic Bills, which lead them to Cagliostro.
The castle is an absolute marvel. Moving walls, Bridges, Elevators. Along with an absolutely beautiful aqueduct system. I've always felt that Lupin was an Antihero but never a villain. Sure he steals, but never from people who can't recoup their losses, and I tend to think of him more as Robin Hood honestly. Although it took a while, Goemon is introduced and Lupin air swims into the castle to kidnap the Bride of Cagliostro.
Once he arrives, he realizes that the Count is more evil then first inspection. He has the bride, Clarisse captive against her wishes, and plans to marry her for the famous Cagliostro Treasure, whether she wants to or not. So now the mission becomes more about Clarisse's honor and her choice and protecting that, than counterfeit bills. Lupin Lures Zenigata to the castle and then Zenigata learns there's an even bigger crime then Lupin, and they actually work together to catch the Count.
I give this film a 4.5 out of 5. I absolutely loved everything about it, and would definitely add it to my collection. The animation was brilliant and the story was heartwrenching, and I'm honestly really surprised I didn't cry. You guys know what a softy I am. I just wish the ending was different. I don't really like Fujiko and I feel like Lupin deserves better, and Clarisse would have been perfect!
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