El Cantante (15)

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Time Out rating:

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Time Out says

Tue Sep 2 2008

Produced by and co-starring Jennifer Lopez, this messy, maudlin portrait of the decline and decline of Puerto Rico-born salsa star Héctor Lavoe wavers uncertainly between cable channel biopic and socially concerned drug movie. From the ’60s on, singer Lavoe was one of the premier Latin musical alchemists fusing jazz, samba and merengue into the ‘gumbo sauce’ of salsa. J Lo’s husband Marc Anthony makes for a sympathetic and touchingly innocent falling angel, but Lopez’s booty-shakin’ Bronx bitch of a wife, who introduces him to the weed, seriously over-eggs her performance.

The musical performances – including three elaborate, big-band set-pieces – should provide some compensation, but even these are chopped and chequered by director Leon Ichaso’s over-fondness for annoying cut-aways, wipe-pans and flash edits. The movie as a whole never flows – broken up as it is with MTV credits and black-and-white flashbacks – and therefore never delivers either insight or any proper emotional engagement. Shame.
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Release details

Rated:

15

UK release:

Fri Sep 5, 2008

Duration:

118 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Leon Ichaso

Screenwriter:

Leon Ichaso, David Darmstaedter, Todd Bello

Cast:

Mark Anthony, Jennifer Lopez, Romi Dias

Cinematography:

Claudio Chea

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Tracy

I rented this video from my local video store. I wasn't sure about it because; being an African-American female I'm not heavily into salsa music. I was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed the music. Mr. Lavoe life was very tragic and I'm glad Marc Anthony was able to tell his story. I'm glad I kept an open mind when I rented this movie. We have to get to know other cultures and music...and stop passing judgement on each other. Another thing, I think this is the best acting I've seen from Jennifer Lopez.

Tracy

I rented this video from my local video store. I wasn't sure about it because; being an African-American female I'm not heavily into salsa music. I was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed the music. Mr. Lavoe life was very tragic and I'm glad Marc Anthony was able to tell his story. I'm glad I kept an open mind when I rented this movie. We have to get to know other cultures and music...and stop passing judgement on each other. Another thing, I think this is the best acting I've seen from Jennifer Lopez.

Alex

good movie, great acting, and very enjoyable especially if you have some salsa-music background. I say "especially" because you will focus on the historical value rather than on its cinematographical flaws.

Alex

good movie, great acting, and very enjoyable especially if you have some salsa-music background. I say "especially" because you will focus on the historical value rather than on its cinematographical flaws.