Its been a year watching Netflix and the only reason why I started was that Netflix offered Narcos and so, one year down the line, at almost the same time I started, I chose another series, El Chapo. The only thing that it has common with Narcos is that it is based on a drug lord but it is intriguing nevertheless and I binge watched it over a week without being too disappointed. Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera had a reign of close to two decades and the series showcases the dark underbelly of Mexican drug cartels in their prime such as the Guadalajara Cartel, the Juarez Cartel, the Sinaloa Cartel, the Tijuana Cartel and so on. My boss is an American multi-millionaire and I was taking him to a symposium for mobile devices when he looked at the traffic and said, “Mexico and India are very similar, you close your eyes, open your eyes and you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.”
Marco de la O is a convincing portrayal of “El Chapo” and is ably supported by the conniving politician “Don Sol” The series starts with Joaquin’s triumph against all odds by supplying Pablo Escobar’s cocaine through his routes and how he repeatedly overcomes the odds to gain a position of strength and power by making it to the Forbe’s list of billionaires in the world. The authenticity of the narrative is intact since the entire series is in Spanish and hardly deviates from the original take of events going by the other reviews that I came across.
A series I would highly recommend though a word of caution since I am homophobic and there is a lot of explicit scenes where Conrado Sol indulges with his partner. But who am I to blame considering Bohemian Rhapsody released with Freddie Mercury how he used to be in his elements.