Atom User Reviews for La Bamba presented by TCM
It was great seeing this on the big screen again. The older I get, the more I realize how young Ritchie really was when he became a star and then tragically died. The film captures the Southern California Latino feel.
Saw it on video back in the day. Great to see it on the big screen. Love the re-releases.
Theater had a technical issue and we didn’t get to see the movie. So disappointed
Excellent and entertaining movie. Not only explores the very short career of a talented artist but also the times and places in which he grew up. Thought provoking and inspires discussion of the different aspects affecting this young man's life and music.
This is a good small movie, sweet and sentimental, about a kid who never really got a chance to show his stuff. The best things in it are the most unexpected things: the portraits of everyday life, of a loving mother, of a brother who loves and resents him, of a kid growing up and tasting fame and leaving everyone standing around at his funeral shocked that his life ended just as it seemed to be beginning.
As played by the smooth-faced, cheerful Lou Diamond Phillips, there seems to be something almost supernatural about the young man of La Bamba. He's a chosen one, and his rise to the top will be swift and smooth. If only he could shake those nightmares about a crashing plane . . . . [24 July 1987, p.A]
La Bamba may in many ways be a catalogue of cliches, but they are cliches that Valens was able to live for his people for the first time, and they are cliches that Luis Valdez has been able to film for his people (for all people) for the first time.