Customer Review

Reviewed in the United States on March 12, 2013
This was a touching film about the short life of rock & roll star Ritchie Valens. Lou Diamond Phillips was awesome as the young musician and Los Lobos was equally terrific providing the music of the legend. I have no idea how much of this movie was really accurate since Hollywood takes numerous liberties when they make a movie "based on a true story." I've learned that that is very loose terminology when they say "based on a true story or on actual events" but in any case, it does make for a good film, though it is heartbreaking indeed. People probably think of Buddy Holly first when they hear the phrase "The Day The Music Died" but that plane crash also took the lives of 3 other people including The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens. Compared to other rock and roll biopics, this one rates right up there. "La Bamba" and "Walk The Line" rank pretty high as opposed to "Great Balls Of Fire" which was pretty dreadful. La Bamba's supporting cast was also good. Any fan of old time rock and roll will enjoy this flick. Look also for a cameo by Brian Setzer as Eddie Cochran. It's always fun to see real "rock stars" in a movie about one.
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