Loving Pablo [2017] ★★

Whether it’s on TV or on the big screen, filmmakers never miss an opportunity to tell a story about Pablo Escobar, the notorious drug lord who rose to fame in the 80’s, before his eventual fall in the early 90’s. From Netlfix’s “Narcos” to last year’s underrated “American Made”, it feels that we’ve seen it all before. But I still hoped that a movie starring Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz would offer me a fresh perspective about his relationship with Colombian journalist Virginia Valejo, who met Escobar in the early 80’s and “supposedly” fell for him. I say “supposedly” because I’m not sure “Loving Pablo” answers that question. Instead, the movie feels like yet another retelling of Pablo’s life as a drug lord and barely focuses on the love story at all. That being said, there are a few good moments here and there, and it’s always a pleasure to watch these two actors in action. But even they can’t save the script from tossing a lot of balls in the air, making “Love Pablo” strictly a superficial biopic that barely offers anything new. Damn shame.

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