“Escobar” Review: Powerful Performances from Bardem, Cruz in a Timely Movie

Directed by Fernando Leon de Aranoa

Telling a story about one of the most infamous drug lords in the world is already interesting. And with all that’s happening in the world, especially in the Philippines, we could use some wake up call of what are the effects of drugs to people, especially the poor. It may be an opportunity to tell more about Pablo Escobar, but Loving Pablo aka Escobar chose to be more about how he became the man of Virginia Vallejo, that will eventually write a memoir about the drug lord.

With Javier Bardem’s deeply serious face and acting, Penelope Cruz’s glamour and fierce appearance, Escobar aka Loving Pablo is watchable. And though it lacks a strong point of view of its titular character for the audience to clutch on to, how the two lead characters maintain strong performances that makes you don’t want to leave your seats for what’s going to happen next.

Escobar aka Loving Pablo gives us a glimpse of how Pablo Escobar was as a lover and as a father. It might only tackle little of him being a drug lord but there are still images the film presents that some may find uncomfortable. The story is easy to digest but could have used more depth of a man that has been known to the world.

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3 stars

“Escobar (Loving Pablo) is now showing in Philippine cinemas nationwide from VIVA International Pictures. Rated R-16 by the MTRCB.

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