Jaguar is a recently released Spanish web series that premiered on Netflix this Wednesday. It is created by Ramón Campos and Gema R. Neira, and stars Blanca Suárez, Iván Marcos, Francesc Garrido ,Adrián Lastra, Óscar Casas and Stefan Weinert among other cast members.
The web series consists of a total of 6 episodes, with the watch time ranging from anywhere between 40 minutes to an hour. Watching the whole show seamlessly may therefore seem a little daunting, and will take a little less than 5 hours. However, the action is fast and will continue to keep you on your toes throughout.
The web series is set in the 1960s in Spain, and follows a few of the many holocaust survivors that had settled there after the atrocities of the Second World War. Isabela, one of these people, has a mission in mind: to find the man still supporting the Nazi cause and exterminate the last of this chain of control, after Hitler’s death. But, she’s not alone in her aim. Now, it’s up to her to decide if these people with the same motive as her are her greatest obstacle or an unexpected ally.
Netflix describes it as:
In the 1960s, a Holocaust survivor joins a group of self-trained spies who seek justice against Nazis fleeing to Spain to hide after WWII.Via the Netflix Official Site
– This Jaguar review does not contain any spoilers-
If you loved Peaky Blinders and the general vibe of BBC’s Sherlock, Jaguar should be right up your alley.
To start off, Jaguar gets all its basics right. From its cinematography techniques to dialogues, colour correction, and editing to sets and production, there’s not much to complain about in this case. The plot in and of itself sounds like something that will keep you engaged throughout and spoiler alert, it is, but what makes Jaguar far more enjoyable is its sound.
Sound can either make or break your visual setup. This basically means that great visuals with sloppy sound mixing are probably not going to get the audience reaction every filmmaker waits for. So even if your actors perform the best they can, your cinematographers get the perfect frames and your script is watertight, using the right kind of background score can either elevate this experience or drown it completely.
Jaguar uses precise sound techniques to bring us to the edge. Instead of leaving it to the visuals, it uses its background score to bring the tension up to a crescendo and then let the audience do with it what they will.
Aside from these technicalities, Jaguar uses its interesting premise and explores different avenues to lead you back to the main plot. It does well with character development and although not all characters have an equal screen time, the show does well with giving everyone a substantial background story.
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For non-Spanish speakers, however, remember that the English dub is quite bad and almost monotone. So my advice: Stick to reading the subtitles.
Final Verdict: Jaguar
If crime web series is your to-go genre, this is perfect. If historical fiction is your favourite, it’s still perfect. If you want to watch something chill in the background while you work, this shouldn’t be your pick.
Fast-paced, smart, and action-based, Jaguar is a ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ web series that deserves a lot more attention than it is. With the way Money Heist was hyped, you’d think this would be too, so don’t miss it for the world.
Jaguar is now streaming on Netflix.