Having been a Selena fan since before her senseless death, I was so happy to hear a movie about her life was being made. Like everyone else, this film absolutely broke my heart all over again, like the day i found out about her death on 3/31/95.Since then I became a Selena collector. I have so much footage abt her, and have been considered a Selena expert. But unfortanately I have yet to purchase the Selena movie, just because seeing someone else portray her, is unneccesary when there is so much great footage of the real Selena.
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.