|Title:||Cocaine Cowboys: Reloaded|
|06.03.15||Netflix|| So if the 70s belonged to the mob and started to implode in the early 80s, that made me want to revisit this great doc about Miami in the 80s. This was a "reloaded" edition of the film with more than a half hour more stuff, certainly flashier motion graphics and titles (almost too flashy. they use a technique of having pictures of people shift their eyes which is incredibly creepy), and I feel like more stuff from the law enforcement side?|
The issue is that, even at two hours, I thought the original film was a bit long. Not that it was stretching for time or anything but just the format of it made it feel more like it would work better as a miniseries like The Jinx rather than a single film. Here it's even moreso because when Rivi comes in you don't see Mickey Munday or Jon whatshisname for like more than an hour. It's still interesting to be sure, but it's also kind of exhausting. After a while I felt myself getting distracted. And then for some reason the ending seems very rushed.
So... were I to watch this again, I might give the original another go to see how they compare. I'm not 100% convinced that this one's better. But whichever version it is, the story and interviews captured here are really great. And I love when a doc goes back to catch us up about the impact that the first release of itself had on the subjects which is usually reserved for special features on the DVD or whatever... Certainly some people's outcomes have changed in the last 8 years.
good doc for sure though... i don't want to make it sound negative at all. They should show this in high school history classes.