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Gregory Nava (Why Do Fools Fall In Love?) directs this more-or-less official film biography of the late Mexican-American singer, Selena Quintanilla Perez (the film is coproduced by her father), which emphasizes sentimentality over conflict and plays down the star's horrific death at the hands of a deranged fan. Jennifer Lopez is quite good as Selena, whose roots we come to know through the story of her father (Edward James Olmos), a Corpus Christi singer who was rejected by white audiences. The script focuses primarily on Selena's inspiring rise, and it tries to muster some sense of urgent conflict over not-particularly-contentious issues (such as her relationship with a guitarist). But Olmos does a fine job portraying the elder Perez as a possessive sort, and the music and general buoyancy of Lopez's performance are infectious. The unavoidable subject of Selena's killer--a woman who happened to be the president of her fan club--is considerably and oddly downplayed. The film's original widescreen presentation and Dolby soundtrack can be appreciated on the DVD release. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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But I saw this movie in 97 when it first came out and I loved this movie. I still love it now almost 18 but it does make me a little sad to think that she was just starting to rise up to the top and fufilling all her goals and then she was killed.
I saw a taping of the real Selena in concert and it made me love this movie more when I saw how dead on they got to the outfits to the little hand moments when she was performing to just the whole presence. So dead on in fact, in a few scenes I doubt you could tell the difference between Jen and Selena. Being the first thing I had ever seen Jennifer Lopez in, it is still my favorite I think only she could pull it off I can't even imagine anyone coming close. I think if they didn't get Jen as Selena it wouldn't be convincing thus not being so popular.
It's a great portrayal of a great artist and I recommend anyone watching it that hasn't. But if you have but don't own it, I recommend buying it.
Jennnifer Lopez seemed to work really hard on the role, but unfortantely in my opinion had a phoniness appearance to her in the film, also her dancing and movements on stage seemed a bit rough, overly dramatic, and a bit stiff. In my opinion Jennifer lacks a genuinity and charisma that seemed to just flow out of Selena. The scene where Selena wins the grammy and gives her speech, was very different in real life, no where near as sappy. Selena wasnt really like that. On stage Selena was comfortable and graceful and offstage a joking and humble young woman. Maybe Im being biased, but either way I think Edward James Olmos was excellent in the film as well as the actress who played Selena's mother.
The only part of the movie that I love is the end when they play Selena's dreaming of you and you see real clips of her. Therefore i would advise for people wanting to know about Selena to buy the documentary on her Selena Remembered or her last concert, both wonderful and truly touching. Also get her Amor Prohibido and Dreaming of you cd....which are so beautiful just as she was. This woman was absolutely amazingly talented up there with Madonna, Janet Jackson, and Shakira. But unique and maybe more amazing then all three combined. She had the full package, the voice, the dancing, the physical beauty, and the wonderful spirit needed to become an unforgettable entertainer. Unforgotten she is .God bless her soul.
Jon Seda's part as Chris? Dead on typicall South Texas Tex-Mex adolescent who couldn't express his feelings to save his life. Aloof and dull. I should know, I grew up surrounded by them. Trying to act tough and never being able to articulate anything much deeper than what was in front of their plate.
Don't stone me just yet, Selena's music and life are a true tragic fairy tale. Her influence on Latin music and Tejano music will definately be felt for decades to come. She was an unbelievably talented star whose life was cut much too short by a severely mentally ill person. We'll never know just how much of an impact she would have made, had she lived to see the Latin explosion that came in 97-2000.Read more ›
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