Leopard Skin TV Review
Plot: A criminal gang takes two women and their guests hostage as they seek refuge in a remote paradise where secrets, betrayal and desires bubble to the surface as all await their fate.
Review: Never underestimate a well-done heist. A masterfully constructed plan, whether it goes awry or not, is always a sight to behold. Like a Rube Goldberg device or carefully arranged rows of dominoes, I'm a sucker for a good heist story. Over the years, film and television have shown prime examples of this, but many focus on repeating what came before rather than reveling in the story itself. The latest project from Sebastian Gutierrez, the Peacock Original Series leopard skinis a prime example of the pulpy fun you can squeeze out of a heist and its aftermath, pitting you against a cast of characters driven only by the prospect of survival. leopard skin is like a clue game, but way sexier.
Unfolds like Wes Anderson and Quentin Tarantino's drug-fueled love child, leopard skin begins with the stunning scenery of a secluded beach in Mexico. We know from the start that this series will focus on beauty, both in geography and in physicality. Without missing a beat, we dive into the narrative without much orientation, a deliberate approach that makes us immediately curious about who these characters are while trying to figure out what's going on. We first meet Carla Gugino (Gutierrez's real-life partner and frequent collaborator), the resident of the house that will be the focus of this story. As Alba Fontana, Gugino lends her signature sultry voice to a character who initially seems stoic, until we learn more about her as the series progresses. Alba lives in the house with Batty Ferreira (Gaite Jansen) and at first the nature of their relationship is a mystery.
It's the mysterious nature of this entire ensemble that drives leopard skin. From the former maid Inocencia (Ana de la Reguera) to the feisty Maru (The Haunting of Bly Manor's Amelia Eve) to the thieves who turn her life upside down, including Sierra Loba (Nora Arnezeder) and Clover Braun (Margot Bingham), this series never shies away from celebrating the physical beauty of this cast. That's not just limited to the female cast, as documentary filmmaker Max Hammond (Philp Winchester) and thief Fausto Malone (Gentry White) have their fair share of must-see moments. There's also a great performance from Jeffrey Dean Morgan as LaSalle, the mastermind behind the entire heist. In fact, in Morgan's first scene, we learn a lot about what leopard skin is and is not.
Presented in a Miami hotel room bathed in red and blue lights, LaSalle coolly explains the plan for the heist at the heart of this story. But as he narrates the players and the rules of the game, the person he's talking to switches between multiple characters. It's a finely structured sequence that plays with convention, who knows what's going on and whether we as viewers even really know how much the characters understand of their situation. It's a perfect example of what Gutierrez delivers throughout the series. Leopard Skin shifts the timeline back and forth, adding inopportune moments that can mean more than you first think. Leopard skin often feels like sexy film noir coupled with the sensibility of David Lynch. But instead of Lynch's lens of body horror, we instead get Gutierrez's eye for capturing desire and emotion.
Sebastian Gutierrez has always been able to present woman-centric stories across all genres with casts of strong, diverse actors who infuse his films and series with an appreciation for sex, never using it as an element of shame or humiliation. in horror (you-creature) to camp and comedy (women in trouble and Electra Luxx) to the underrated crime series Jett, Gutierrez knows how to empower the actresses in his films to assert their presence on screen and subtly delve into the psychology of their actions while still making them look damn good. what does leopard skin So interesting is how the structure of the series completely defies convention. It's not common to see a dramatic story like this split into half-hour chapters, but it keeps the pace driving and the mystery present.
leopard skin is a puzzle full of clues that lead to discovery while others are red herrings that build tension between characters. It's also a mystery that doesn't necessarily need to be solved. I'm sure some viewers will be confused by this, but I found it caught my attention and held it for all eight episodes. Whether you ultimately believe this story may not matter as it is visually charged, intellectually rewarding, and sexy as hell. Sebastian Gutierrez knows how to shoot a sex scene in an erotic and compelling way, and those are perhaps two of the best words to describe Leopard Skin as a series.
leopard skin is now streaming on Peacock.
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