I really enjoy films based on, or about the Miami drug scene of the late 70's and 80's. One of the most notorious was Griselda Blanco Restrepo, known as La Madrina, the Black Widow, the Cocaine Godmother and the Queen of Narco-Trafficking.
Cocaine Godmother stars Catherine Zeta-Jones as Griselda. We witness her early life of poverty, sbuse, and crime in Columbia to her rise as one of the most violent heads of drug trafficking in Miami. A woman who killed, and had people killed with no remorse, who ran one of the most violent cartels should make for an interesting story but it does not.
Made for Lifetime the film is played out more like a soap opera. It's campy, and essentially cable TV schlock. Zeta-Jones overacts with an overdone accent that's almost comical. Sadly the film spends more time dealing with Griselda's marriages, and her bi-sexuality while glossing over the story of her drug smuggling operation.
A film that could have easily been 3 hours is cut to a Lear 90min that sadly is more for the soap opera crowd than the fans who find the Miami trafficking scene interesting.
Overall 2 out of 5 Stars