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Nicky Jam: El Ganador Netflix – Review of the movie

Many people confused “Nicky Jam: El Ganador” with a documentary series about the life of this great reggaeton star. In fact, it is an adaptation of his story, in a fictional way, in which he participates in several passages interpreting himself as an adult. The very focus is on his childhood and adolescence when he had problems with drugs and was literally saved by music, which changed his life forever (watch here).

With that in mind, it is easier to watch this series created and scripted by Jorge Dorantes. It’s the story of a boy who had everything to be just another one in the crowd, and moreover, with his involvement in crime, he could be in jail. Art eventually got him out of this world, but of course that didn’t happen overnight. There has been a whole journey, which is intensely shown in this series of 13 episodes that is now coming on Netflix.

A complicated life

Nicky Jam interprets himself in his successful adulthood, explaining how he managed to get out of a corrupt life to be a great star, who is able to fill stadiums in North America. This is the part that the public, whether fan of the artist or not, already knows. The most interesting thing here is in the reconstitution of his childhood and adolescence, being these difficult periods in the life of the singer, full of bad times with the police and also by the lack of a future perspective.

In these scenes, Nicky Jam is played by two actors. The first is Avery Rodriguez, a very charismatic child, but who already shows to be a talented actor. He holds his scenes well in a seemingly happy home, but slowly shows what is hidden behind the veneer of joy that covers it. In the young adult stage, we have Darkiel. Also being a singer, he faces his first role as an actor here, and does very well putting in his expressions the doubts and fears of his character, and faithfully depict his beginning in music, showing the inspirations that Nicky Jam had to start venturing as a singer and songwriter.

The 13 episodes of “Nicky Jam: El Ganador” show, therefore, much more than the beginning of a successful career. It also talks about the situation of many people who find themselves discredited, who believe they have no future and therefore end up diving into addictions and inconsistent attitudes. In the end, there is always a way, as the singer now proves to be true. Music was a powerful catalyst in his life, and it opened new horizons, took him out of a miserable life into the path to success.


And speaking of music, here it is essential, as it couldn’t be otherwise. The songs of Nicky Jam used in the series can be interpreted like autobiographical, since they punctuate very well the phases of his life, from childhood until the adult, and end up fitting very well. They are great songs! The only flaw in “Nicky Jam: El Ganador” is the performance of the singer himself, who for lack of experience often ends up sounding very mechanical, although he has some moments when he is above average.

In this way, “Nicky Jam: El Ganador” is interesting for fans of the reggaeton singer as well as for those who don’t know anything about the rhythm or the biographed. The result of his life is known – so what matters here is to follow the tortuous journey he’s made until he got his place in the sun.

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Images and additional information about Nicky Jam: El Ganador Netflix

Synopsis 1: He knew music was his passion. What he didn’t know: that it could also be his salvation.

Synopsis 2: Follow reggaeton artist Nicky Jam’s struggles to overcome drug addiction and rise to international success in this dramatization of his life story.

Age rating: 16;

Release year: 2018.


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