Written July 16, 2007
I had a chance to see it even though its not yet on theaters but is such a great movie. The story is basically about Hector Lavoe(Marc Anthony) a very famous salsa singer which died of AIDS and Puchi(Jennifer Lopez)tells the story in this film from the moment he became famous to his death.This film was well done,the acting was incredible with great music. This is probably the best movie so far from Jennifer Lopez since Selena and Out of Sight, she was fantastic.Jennifer L. and Marc A. work great together on the big screen which means this is not another "Gigli" movie. I will go again to see it when I comes out on August 3rd. I really do recommend this movie to everyone.
Written July 19, 2007
There was sniffling and tears at the private screening of "El Cantante," on Tuesday night.
Judge Edwin Torres, author of "Carlito's Way," declared that Jennifer Lopez' performance will get the Bronx-born actress and singer an Oscar nod. Another guest was woed by Marc Anthony's portrayal of Hector Lavoe, the talented and troubled singer who is a hero to salsa fans everywhere.
The viewing -- sponsored by The Post's Tempo and El Diario La Prensa -- brought together nearly 100 of the the City's VIPs.
Most folks left the theater visibly moved by the Jennifer Lopez produced flick. The film's director, Leon Ichaso said that of all his projects, this was the most personal and special.
"I know saying you have a favorite child is wrong," he said "but this one is it. Hector Lavoe's music had a huge influence on me." According to Ichaso the challenge was in paying homage to someone whose music and story was so important not only to him, but to the entire Latino community.
Written July 26, 2007
I had a chance to see this movie yesterday July 25th in a private advance screening from people en español and I couldn't believe that Jennifer Lopez could act like that, she was amazing. Marc also did a great job. This is for sure Jlo best film so far. You will not be disappointed of this movie for sure and its probably the best film so far this year. It also has some Oscar buzz so I recommend this film for sure.
Written July 27, 2007
Definately an oscar movie for JLo. What a performance. This movie took me back and forth through a rollercoaster of emotions. It kept me glued to my seat all the while I just wanted to get up and dance . The music was vivid like I heard it back in time. This was a straight up raw nitty gritty no holds bar movie. Not intended to hurt anyone's feeling, it told the truth about what drugs and alcohol can do to a persons health, family and self esteem. The story came from Puchy's account of how it was. I am sure there are many versions, but this was Puchy's version and Marc and JLo brought it to life in the big screen. As a PR I didnot take it personal. it was a true account of how drugs dominated our city during the Salsa explosion. I believe that many people will be able to relate as they look in the mirror and then get tested for HIV. This movie was about El Cantante and no matter how great you are you can fall just as hard. I will definately see it again, buy the soundtrack and DVD!
Written August 21, 2007
The acting is great - a lot more than you would expect from Jennifer Lopez. What a performance!! And Marc Anthony is a pleasant surprise. But the music!!!! WOW. For any fan of salsa and for those who have no idea what this music is and how it stormed through New York and the nation in the 1970's and 1980's, fasten your seat belts for the ride of your life. We were enthralled. We had no idea what to expect - the picture opened and took off like a rocket. Absolutely, see it.