A gritty drama that makes Netflix look good to me again! I’ve been let down by some of their recent series passed off a
Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook, Pedro Pascal
Andrés Baiz, Josef Kubota Wladyka, Gerardo Naranjo, Fernando Coimbra, Guillermo Navarro, José Padilha, Batan Silva
Carlo Bernard, Chris Brancato, Doug Miro, Paul Eckstein, Andrew Black, Dana Ledoux Miller, T.J. Brady, Samir Mehta, Dana Calvo, Nick Schenk, Steve Lightfoot, Allison Abner, Zach Calig Curtis Gwinn, Gideon Yago
Biography, Crime, Drama
(5 / 5)
s the next best thing. They really aren’t. But Narcos is amazing. It’s a biographical series about the Columbian drug lord Pablo Escobar. Wagner Moura (Escobar) gives a creepy and moody portrayal of the drug kingpin. With Escobar, the stories are so much more than just thug life. He has an almost monotone way of speaking that doesn’t change one but when he’s ordering death to a man, woman, or child. He is selective however and seems to feel his selection of kills are more sensible than those of his enemies and of the DEA. There are rich views of Colombia: the streets and landscapes. Some of the best stuff to look at is the architecture. This series leaves nothing to be desired by the eyes. Like the classic Godfather film, we learn about the different levels of the cartel. The “Sicario” has a special place as the hitman and there are two mean that live very closely to Escobar, advising him of threats and relevant news. Part of the fun of this series is seeing the inner workings of this Columbian drug cartel. Escobar never gets to be President but his influence through the sale of cocaine produces so much money, he states at one point he can’t do anything with it.
I should warn potential viewers that the series is about 80% in Spanish with subtitles. Hopefully, like me, you don’t mind that and in fact think it adds flavor. In the same breath, this is a violent show at times as would be expected of a mafia drug lord show. For example, informants are tortured. It’s high suspense in many episodes as you wait the cat and mouse chases out, wondering who’ll make it and who’ll be killed. There are a lot of surprises here.
The woman who plays Escobar’s wife Tata (Pauline Gaitan) is a character study in greed and denial. She is aware of all the corruption but accepts it because she has “so many nice things.” She believes she could never have such things were it not for Pablo’s drug empire. Some might label Escobar a psychopathic murderer but others see him differently. I’ll give him this: not everyone can bring down the hammer on enemies like he does. What’s more, there seems to be a semblance of order to the way he conducts business. Something to remember is that this is a real man. He did these things. Moura does a great job at being chilling to the bone. Even though by his own admission he looks nothing like Escobar, after a few episodes, you’ll believe he and Escobar are one.
I’m nearly through the second season and have opted to not include spoilers in this review. There are currently 40 episodes listed on IMDB. Perhaps when I am finished I can write about it at greater length. This is a remarkably good series on Netflix. If they keep producing series like this, I’ll be sure to keep my subscription. For a crime drama bio series about a drug lord’s rise (and fall?) this is an amazing piece of work that should not fade over time. Sound interesting? I highly recommend it to you.