La Bamba by Luis Valdez

29 Nov

La Bamba is the story of singer Ritchie Valens short life.  For the most part, I have been pretty unfamiliar with the music from the 1950s so it was intriguing to see how the singer became popular.  What I enjoyed most about the film was the tight family relationship they had in the film, and how Ritchie was very true to himself and his family.  First, we saw the older brother, Bob, come back and take the family out of the migrant worker camp and move them closer to the city.  Then, when Ritchie became successful he bought a beautiful home for his family to live in.  I loved how the mother was always so support of both of her sons entering into the arts, whether it was Bob in drawing or Ritchie in singing.  She wanted them to follow their dreams, even though she couldn’t.  I was surprised to find out that he had passed away with Buddy Holly in the plane crash, and I wondering if that had anything to do with his protective necklace breaking.  Overall, La Bamba was a great movie about Ritchie Valens life.

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