Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro ★★★½

Glad to have crossed another Miyazaki off the list! Spirited Away is in my personal top 10 so hard for anything to live up to that, but this was absolutely a great time even if it doesn't get quite into the strata of Princess Mononoke or Howl's Moving Castle. It's hard not to love Lupin, and he quickly becomes a fully realized character, but the surrounding cast really never fills out into substantive entities. This is especially true for the damsel in distress, who really doesn't age well as a character with no agency to speak of and an extremely itchy trigger finger when it comes to dropping the L-bomb. The film isn't as visually stunning as the Miyazaki's to come but still has a vibrant, stylish vibe that popped off the screen. And, more than anything, the movie is just a fun ride - I could easily have seen loving this as a kid with the propulsive energy from start to finish. Even at the beginning, Miyazaki knew how to grab your attention and never let it go!

Watched solo on Netflix