The Netflix Miniseries About The Colombian Drug Lord Premieres Today
Pablo Escobar once said, “the only man I was ever afraid of was a woman named Griselda Blanco.” Netflix and the creative team behind the Narcos series have decided to tell part of her story in 6 episodes.
Queens, New York City, 1964. Griselda Blanco just arrived from Colombia —illegally and with fake papers, of course— to set up a thriving drug operation that will earn her a lot of money, but also several federal drug conspiracy charges. In 1975, she decides to go back home to avoid conviction before transfering the operation to Miami. In the late 70s, when Griselda returns to the United States and takes part in the Miami Drug Wars that will spark violence and pour blood all over the Floridian city. This series is a dramatization of Blanco’s life, not an exact biographican retelling.
Sofía Vergara (left) stars as the Black Widow. “There’s not much that I can play with this stupid accent,” she told the Los Angeles Times in a recent interview. “I can’t play a scientist or be in ‘Schindler’s List.’ My acting jobs are kind of limited.” Griselda was her opportunity to play a dramatic role after praised performances and sitcoms like Modern Family.
It seems she was successful. Critics and audiences alike seem to be congratulating Vergara’s work, as well as the overall show. Griselda is, according to audiences, a good piece of entertainment and well-made in terms of that 70s atmosphere.
For many, however, it is almost too fun to watch, given the hurt the real Griselda Blanco has caused around her. She was, after all, a murderer and a drug lord, despite Netflix selling the series as being only inspired by the events. Some reviews accuse the show of humanizing her too much, preventing audiences from really learning about her life.
The Anger Of The Real Blanco
One audience member was particularly unhappy. His name is Michael Corleone Blanco, and he is the real Griselda’s son. According to him, Netflix had indeed expressed their desire to make a miniseries about his mother, but none of the Blanco family members were consulted about the script or the plot. As far as finances go, he also accused the streaming giant of not compensating him properly. The Blanco have sued Sofía Vergara and the platform, and want to stop the show from airing.
CREDITS: Text by Malena Cortizo A.