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El Cantante (The Singer)

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Director: Leon Ichaso
Genre: Drama, Music, Musical
Release Date: August 3, 2007
MPAA Rating: R
1 review about El Cantante (The Singer)

Great Tale of the Hector Lavoe, the Creator of the Salsa Movement

  • Dec 9, 2009
Rating:
+4

The music and vocals sung by Marc Anthony make this movie excellent despite its shortcomings by the poor directing. The story is excellent and Anthony and Lopez put in superb performances.

I would have given this movie 5 stars except that the directing made it sometimes annoying to know when something was happening. The story is based on an interview with Lavoe's wife (played by Jennifer Lopez in black and white during her story telling segments).

Lavoe was a super-talented singer who along with Johnny Pacheco and Willie Colon began the Salsa Revolution in the 1970's. With all his success he never gains acceptance from his father and that contributes to his downfall into the world of drugs. Drugs also turn him from a fun-loving guy to an abusive husband, an irresponsible parent and an undependable band member. As each woe mounts, everything dear to Lavoe is lost.

His story has a lot of parallels to Jim Morrison another tragic figure in the world of music that let drugs ruin everything.

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