Making Malinche: A Documentary by Nacho Cano review – a look inside the making of Nacho Cano’s newest musical

By Jonathon Wilson
Published: October 12, 2021 (Last updated: January 20, 2024)
Making Malinche: A Documentary by Nacho Cano review - a look inside the making of Nacho Cano's newest musical


This documentary may be more suited to those already aware of Nacho Cano and/or the musical Malinche. It doesn’t quite have the same spark as other Netflix documentaries. As a result, it may be worth investing your time into finding something else to watch.

The article reviews the Netflix documentary Making Malinche: A Documentary by Nacho Cano. It does not contain any spoilers.

The Spanish documentary Making Malinche: A Documentary by Nacho Cano runs for just under 90 minutes in total. So if you’re not in the mood for a movie, maybe this will be the perfect watch for you! But be warned, the runtime feels a lot longer than it actually is. Much longer, in fact.

Nacho Cano is a well-known musician, producer, composer, and arranger, and according to the documentary, a vital part of music history in Spain. As for the musical Malinche, it’s based on the love story of La Malinche and Hernán Cortés. Their real-life love story coincided with the arrival of Spanish individuals in America, to which Mexico got founded as a State. Which gets reflected in the story of the musical.

From the get-go, there’s plenty of music involved. Likewise, the opening moments include an energetic performance. Not only does this performance showcase Nacho’s talent, but the large number of audience members present, highlighting his popularity. But considering Nacho’s background, it’s no surprise that crowds rush out in masses to see him perform.

During this documentary, you’ll find a range of behind-the-scenes footage and interviews. Although this is pretty standard for any show of this kind, there are a few moments that are more interesting than others. One such moment is the interview with Hans Zimmer. If Hans Zimmer’s name rings a bell, that’ll be because he’s worked on a range of products such as The Dark Knight, Dunkirk, and Inception.

In comparison to The Movies That Made Us, it doesn’t quite have the same charm or character. The Movies That Made Us brought a certain level of spark and energy towards its “making of” features. In addition, the charismatic enthusiasm was high and brought more engagement from the audience. On the other hand Making Malinche: A Documentary by Nacho Cano fails to do the same and becomes at times a dull watch.

It’s a Spanish documentary, so much of it will be spoken in Spanish. Therefore, as always, I suggest that you watch it in its native language with English subtitles. The reason for this? So that it feels natural. If you watched the dubbed version, it’s kinda horrifying.  

You can stream Making Malinche: A Documentary by Nacho Cano exclusively on Netflix.

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