From the humble Texas barrio roots to stardom's center stage. Music, family, triumph, and joy abound in this dynamic story of the beloved, ill-fated singer whose following continues to grow. It's a story of a girl who had ... more »a spirit to believe in a dream and the courage to make it come true.« less
"This 1997 film, well directed by Gregory Nava, was the film that propelled Jennifer Lopez on to stardom. She is nothing short of sensational in this film. She is Selena!The film recounts the brief life of Selena Quintanilla Perez (Jennifer Lopez), a life that was built around her father's broken dreams. Her father (Edward James Olmos) had himself had a band in his youth called "Los Dinos". Now a married man with children, his dreams have stalled along the wayside. When he realizes, however, that his young daughter has some musical talent, he builds a band around her, "Selena and Los Dinos", and begins living vicariously through her.Under the watchful eye of her martinet father, years of forced, musical practices and life on the road follow. Loving, possessive, and controlling, he succeeds in almost losing her, when she marries her guitarist without her father's permission. They reconcile, however, and he places Selena on the path to stardom, a tejano sensation on the cusp of becoming a crossover musical star. Unfortunately, her path crosses that of a fan, Yolanda Saldivar, whom Selena befriends, only to have her be the one who cuts her down in her prime.Jennifer Lopez is sensational as Selena, big booty and all. She charms. She beguiles. She entertains. She is every inch the star. This has been her best role, and her performance is stellar. She should have won an award for her performance, because she most certainly deserved one for her portrayal of Selena. It is unfortunate that her acting career has been downhill ever since. Edward James Olmos is perfect as Abraham Quintanilla, the father who pushed his daughter to heights that he had dreamed for himself but had been unable to reach. His performance is powerful and rich. He, too, should have had his award calibre performance acknowledged in some way, as it was close to perfect. Mr. Olmos is a wonderful actor who deserves more recognition than he has gotten, thus far. All in all, this is an interesting, absorbing film with some great music. No wonder Selena was a hit!"
SC | San Diego | 10/31/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"First, I was skeptical about Jennifer Lopez's big-screen debut as the slain Mexican-American singer Selena Quintanilla. The movie was heartfelt, realistic (Selena did come to life!) and I loved all the characters, especially Abraham Quintanilla (Edward James Olmos), Marcela (Constance Marie) and Chris (Jon Seda), who all contributed to bringing Selena's spirit and music to life. I also give huge props to the Young Selena (Rebecca Lee Meza). The film had me in tears at the end and the storyline was sentimental and sweet, not trashy. A very well-produced, great movie! I don't care if people though that because Jennifer Lopez was Puerto Rican, she shouldn't have been playing a person of Mexican lineage, but she did a wonderful job to bring Selena's music and spirit back to life! I like the fact that Selena's father Abraham was the executive producer of the movie so he could be positive to sustain the dignity and memory of Selena. Viviras Selena!"
"Selena" DVD was great! Jen Lopez makes Selena live Forever!
SC | 01/29/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"First off, I would just like to say that the movie was a box-office success, I have no Idea were people get the idea that it wasnt! Well, now that that is out of the way, "Selena" was an incredible piece of work! From the very beginning where her last Houston concert was re-created I could tell that Jennifer Lopez did the best, she acts so much like the real Selena, it really amazed me! The films major pluses are the fact that her killer is not in it that much, becuase the film has to do with her life, and not about a killer that everyone would rather forget existed. Secondly, the fact that the movie did not go into what happened after Selena died, when a movie comes out about the life of a legend, it should stick to her life and not to what happened after she died. The DVD version is great aside from the GREAT AUDIO and PICTURE , "Selena" comes in both Pan and Scan and Widescreen formats which is great for me cuase I really like alternating. And the Menus make it more enjoyable and interesting. "Selena" was a remarkable film! Although I do think that the fans that knew her in life will relate to it more, It will touch everyones hearts if they see it for what it really is: A loving and humble tribute to Selena and her fans.(See the ending to see what Im talking about)"
Emotional, brilliant, a masterpiece.
SC | 09/26/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"SELENA is a True Story. Selena, is a beautifull rising Mexican-American music star who's life comes to a tragic end when she is killed trying to recover financial records from a so-called friend. Her talent and voice is a great reminder of how great of a woman she really was. Jennifer Lopez, Edward James Olmos, Jon Seda, Rebecca Lee Meza (Young Selena) and the entire cast perform astonishingly magnificent. The movie describes with high definition the strong love between Selena Quintanilla Perez, Her husband Chris Perez, Her Father Abraham Quintanilla and the rest of the Quintanilla familly (Her Brother Abie, Sister Suzette, Mother Marcella, Delores and Eddie). This movie is a masterpiece describing the magical life of Selena. Selena is a TRUE inpiration to ALL of us. I am sure Selena is watching over us somewhere over the rainbow :) I REALLY recomend that you buy this movie. You'll love it like I loved it greatly."
Thanks VH1 for reminding me how good this movie is
K. Hinton | Atlanta, GA | 09/07/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This movie was on VH1 "Movies that Rock" which made me think about it for the first time in like 10 years. The good thing about Selena is that it's a musical biopic that is actually about the music. At least 50% of the movie features musical performances, concerts, and recordings instead of spendning most of its time focused on Selena's murder and death. The film highlights her career as an artist, which I think is an important thing to keep at the forefront. Furthermore, whether you like J.Lo or not, I think it's important to recognize that she did a great job portraying this rising Tejano singer. She wasn't even J.Lo yet when the movie was filmed, and I still only knew her as a fly girl from In Living Color.
The movie Selena tells a great story--though a sad one. Gregory Nava did a wonderful job of showcasing the life she led rather than her tragic end."