It is very tough for a celebrity such as Jennifer Lopez to be taken seriously in the Hollywood light. Lopez had her moments of serious recognition for her performances (Selena, Out of Sight), and ridiculed, humiliated for others (Gigli). It has been until recent when she began receiving the same applause from her "Selena" days. "An Unfinished Life" proved that Lopez does not always settle for romantic-comedies (The Wedding Planner, Monster-In-Law). However, I think it is her performance in "El Cantante" where her acting ability soars past any film she has done in the past.
Let's face it... we all know that Lopez will receive no nomination for her performance as Puchi, wife of Hector Lavoe. It would be amazing if she did, and while Lopez should, HFP and the Academy would not recognize her. I am not going to lie... I am a Jennifer Lopez fan, but that does not mean I have to approve of everything she does. I did not enjoy "Gigli," nor did I enjoy "Angel Eyes." I think there was an elapsed time where Lopez lost focus of her career, and I am not the first fan to mention that. This movie and her first Spanish-language album, "Como Ama Una Mujer," puts the spotlight back onto Lopez with a more mature outlook on where her career will lead to.
El Cantante, a.k.a. Marc Anthony. Pretty much the sole reason for this movie being made is to highlight the life of Hector Lavoe from the viewpoint of Puchi. As the reviewer said prior to mine, Anthony was born to play this role. The look = perfect. The acting = perfect, but with minimal flaws. The singing = FLAWLESS. Again, this type of movie is being compared to other biopics (Walk the Line, Ray) and obviously was poorly received compared to those Oscar-nominated films.
With Anthony's amazing vocal range with Lopez's astonishing acting ability, this movie should have found greatness. If you enjoy salsa, you will enjoy this movie. It's sexy and vibrant with a great story line, and tragic ending, as do most biopics.