The subject matter of Cocaine Godmother is Griselda Blanco. Blanco was an infamous Colombian drug lord of the Medellín Cartel and a pioneer in the Miami-based cocaine trade and underworld in the 1970s and early 80s.
Being aware of Blanco’s origins, one can understand any controversy that may arise as a result of Welsh actress Catherine Zeta-Jones being cast in the leading role. Zeta-Jones is an Academy Award winning actress; as such, I never imagined she’d do a terrible acting job and she didn’t. Nevertheless, the film certainly didn’t meet its potential.
I have no complaints about any of the acting but I do feel that had the Guillermo Navarro directed biopic been afforded a bigger production budget, perhaps the whole film wouldn’t have felt as rushed and somehow incomplete as it did.
Watch Cocaine Godmother if you’re curious enough about Zeta-Jones’s performance. Who knows, maybe somewhere in the future, another version of Blanco’s story will get the finish it deserves. Times are always changing after all.
Directed by Guillermo Navarro; starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, Raúl Mendes and Juan Pablo Espinosa, Cocaine Godmother is a TV movie about the life story of Griselda Blanco.
Blanco was the infamous Colombian drug lord of the Medellín Cartel and a pioneer in the Miami-based cocaine trade and underworld in the 1970s and early 80s…
I’m going to guess that it’s likely controversial to have Welsh actor Catherine Zeta Jones playing Blanco, a Colombian woman. Nevertheless, a part of me is still quite curious to see how it all turns out because Zeta-Jones is great and this trailer doesn’t seem to bad.
This is actually a lifetime movie and I don’t know that those generally have a great reputation. We’ll just have to see.