La Bamba

1987

Action / Biography / Drama / Music

4
IMDb Rating 6.8 10 24068

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Lou Diamond Phillips as Ritchie Valens
Joe Pantoliano as Bob Keane
Elizabeth Peña as Rosie Morales
Esai Morales as Bob Morales
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1hr 48 min
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1hr 48 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by catesa 5 / 10

La Bob-a!

I'm only giving this movie a 5 because it's all about Ritchie and his stupid music career when the whole story really ought to be about his super-cool big bro Bob Morales. I have no idea how true any of it is to Valens's actual life, but honestly it's probably better than the real story. You've got Bob, making his way through life, trying to get ahead, making his peace with a crappy family life, you're cheering for him all the way. But all the while you have to suffer through his loser lil' brother Ritchie, whining all about Donna and rock n' roll and whatnot. Who cares - what's Bob up to?

Oh that's right - constantly getting a hard time from everybody because he doesn't live up to their "precious Ritchie". WHY?! Just 'cause Bob likes to party and make some extra money selling nose clams?! A kid Ritchie's age needs an authority figure around, and Bob knew it; that's why he took Ritchie down to Tijuana for some T&A and booze so he could shed that puritan schoolboy BS and become a real rock n' roller. Get over it, Connie! He was trying to do Ritchie a favor! And that fight he started at Ritchie's gig at the VA hall only upped Ritchie's street cred (which he desperately needed, wearing cardigans and referring to his girlfriend as "kitten" and such).

Anyway, Ritchie gets an okay record deal, blows up, and leaves Bob back home hanging out to dry, as if his big brother never did anything good for him. Way to remember the little people, ya twerp! Then he and Tubby McWhite Lightnin get on a plane with Buddy Holly, an actually legit songwriter and musician, and they all die. The thing that never made sense to me was how much Ritchie's death screwed Bob up. Why, man? He was the source of all your problems, sucking up to mom, never having a good time so it made you look bad for hittin' the hard stuff - all your problems are solved, dude! Get out there and live! Bob Morales is one of the greatest characters in all of cinema if you ask me.

Not to mention, he utters one of my favorite lines in all of moviedom:

"Bob, I'm pregnant...aren't you gonna say anything?"

"What's there to say? It's not my first...or my last."

Yeah, Bob is awesome. Screw Ritchie, though. He takes up too much screen time.

Reviewed by Oliver Thatcher Watson 9 / 10

Absolutely Great

This film is absolutely amazing in almost all aspects. It has a fantastic story, great acting, really good performances, amazing soundtrack, etc. This film is truly a classic that represents the life of the young rock legend himself, Ritchie Valens. I think this film is well put together and well done. The story itself is absolutely great, as it really does delve in to the life of Ritchie pretty perfectly. The acting is also very great. As well as the performances in this film. The soundtrack was well composed and recorded. And it just sounds fantastic. I will be honest and say, while Lou Diamond Phillips did an fantastic job playing Ritchie Valens, that it did kind of seem a little off putting because of the fact that Lou Diamond Phillips and Ritchie Valens look absolutely nothing alike. So it was kind of hard for me to believe that I was watching the rock and roll legend himself that Lou was playing as. But after getting used to it after a short time, i'm able to look past that, and truly enjoy the film. This film is fantastic and I recommend to anyone who's a fan of Ritchie Valens, or 50s rock and roll, or anyone, really, as this film will not disappoint in the slightest. I was pleasantly surprised, and I think anyone who hasn't seen it yet will be as well.

Reviewed by grantss 6 / 10

Interesting subject, but execution is often quite flat or hammy

Interesting subject, but execution is often quite flat or hammy.

The story of Ritchie Valens, the teenager who rose to fame in the late-1950s with hits like "Donna", "Come On, Let's Go" and "La Bamba".

Interesting subject, as Valens was one of the pioneers of rock 'n roll. His story is also a tragic one, and well-known as such, due to the plane crash that took the lives of him, Buddy Holly (surely one of rock 'n roll's greatest losses) and The Big Bopper. The day the music died... (to quote Don McLean).

The musical side largely lives up to expectations - good tracks, well-performed and with some great nostalgic moments.

However, the personal side is quite uneven. Particularly bad is the brother angle. This seems overblown and over-dramatic, and is certainly not helped by an over-the-top, hammy performance from Esai Morales.

Too many scenes which are dull or cringingly hammy.

Overall: worth watching from a music history perspective, but you'll have to get through some dull/hammy scenes and acting to get to the end.

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