Cocaine Godmother: The Griselda Blanco Story – Review

Cocaine Godmother: The Griselda Blanco Story airs January 20th, 8pm on Lifetime.

I pushed off watching my screener of the made-for-TV movie Cocaine Godmother for as long as possible. See, I knew it would be terrible like most Lifetime movies are. When I finally clicked play there was a glimmer of hope in a decent opening scene, but alas the hour-plus that followed was a dumpster fire. Avoid this dreadful (and problematic) program at all costs.

Cocaine Godmother is a biopic about the legendary drug lord Griselda Blanco. While I wouldn’t go so far as to call the film sympathetic, the director clearly wants you to understand her. Which is hard, because she murdered a lot of people. It’s all so over the top, and yet somehow doesn’t fall into the “so bad it’s good category.” It’s just bad. No lie, I laughed out a couple of times at the pure shlock factor of several murder scenes and cliché voiceovers.

Catherine Zeta-Jones plays Griselda, which is weird. In 2018, it’s hard to believe a white Welsh woman was cast as a Colombian immigrant. Besides the obvious racism issue here, Zeta-Jones’ is super cringe-worthy. Ultimately, I can’t blame Lifetime, because clearly no other sane actress would want to be attached to this movie.

I give Cocaine Godmother a D.

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4 thoughts on “Cocaine Godmother: The Griselda Blanco Story – Review

  1. I must say I haven’t seen the movie which you obviously didn’t like as you wrote “Catherine Zeta-Jones plays Griselda, which is weird. In 2018, it’s hard to believe a white Welsh woman was cast as a Colombian immigrant” So according to this statement englishmen should only play englishmen, indians should only play indians, and so on and so forth. This way of thinking is not very wise, specially in the 21 century. In the past Anthony Quinn was typecasted as a native american so many times that he had to emmigrate to Europe where he made amazing films like “Zorba the Greek”, “La Strada”, “The Guns of Navarone”, Lawrence of Arabia” and many others. I can asure you that Catherine Zeta-Jones is bewildered to be given the opportunity to be the star of this film.

  2. I’m just confused as to why ALL the characters are WHITE! Griselda Blanco was from Columbia! Meaning she was clearly of Spanish decent! NOT CAUCUS! Smh every person of color doesn’t need to be played by white people or lighter skinned people! If you’re going to make a movie about someone, a legend (although some would beg to differ lol) at that, you should HONOR them in some right! Not erase their very heritage and make of it what you want! LMN gets on my damn nerves!

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