FIND MOVIES
Movie List
Loading ...
or
Find Theaters and Movie Times
or
Search Movies

El cantante

Cookie-cutter bombast
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  August 1, 2007
2.0 2.0 Stars

VIDEO: Watch the trailer for El cantante.

Until the upcoming satire Walk Hard blows the musical-bio-pic genre into tatters, we’ll have to put up with cookie-cutter bombast like El cantante, a warts-and-all tribute to salsa star Hector Lavoe (Marc Anthony), the Puerto Rican singer who ignited New York’s Latin-music boom of the ’70s and ’80s, became addicted to heroin, and died from AIDS. Puchi (Jennifer Lopez, Anthony’s real-life spouse), Lavoe’s wife and a combative firecracker, tells the couple’s story, which fluctuates from the joy of Hector’s music to the misery caused by his inability to cope with responsibility. Her voiceover often states the obvious, and director Leon Ichaso uses that edgy-gritty-ugly DV style that really isn’t edgy anymore. But as an actor and a singer, Anthony excels. Unlike Lopez, he digs beneath the soap-opera dialogue and bares his character’s soul.
  Topics: Reviews , Celebrity News, Entertainment, Media,  More more >
| More


Most Popular
ARTICLES BY BETSY SHERMAN
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   REVIEW: IDENTITY THIEF  |  February 20, 2013
    Seth Gordon directs this funny, though formulaic, mismatched-duo comedy in which Jason Bateman's straight-laced family man must nab Melissa McCarthy, the identity thief who has ruined his credit, and haul her from Florida to Denver for prosecution.
  •   REVIEW: OSCAR NOMINATED SHORTS: DOCUMENTARY  |  January 30, 2013
    For this year's program of Oscar-nominated documentary shorts, it's best to bring tissues. Things can get emotional.
  •   REVIEW: THE OSCAR NOMINATED SHORT FILMS: LIVE ACTION AND ANIMATED  |  January 30, 2013
    Highlights of the live-action shorts include the beautifully direct performances by Somali refugees in "Asad," a contemporary story (with folkloric undertones) of a boy who wants to be a pirate; the del Toro–esque fantasy setting of "Death of a Shadow"; the blend of dark comedy and gritty drama in the New York story of a little girl and her black-sheep uncle, "Curfew"; and the warmth of memory giving way to cold reality for an elderly man in "Henry."
  •   REVIEW: A LIAR'S AUTOBIOGRAPHY  |  January 25, 2013
    The discovery of tapes of Graham Chapman reading from his 1980 A Liar’s Autobiography has made it possible for the expired Monty Python member to star, posthumously, in his own biopic.
  •   REVIEW: PARENTAL GUIDANCE  |  January 02, 2013
    Billy Crystal and Bette Midler star in what could have been a decent comedy, if director Andy Fickman hadn't made it such a tearjerker.

 See all articles by: BETSY SHERMAN