Selena will always be an icon for Mexican Americans (all races in-fact) and her legacy lives on to this day. New generations discovering her and her music; is the greatest thing. #Selena #SelenaNetflix
Selena Quintanilla Perez is a name engraved in the history of pop culture. The theme of the 1997 biopic starring Jennifer Lopez is widely known, and this is well known among generations of Latin girls. Her tragic death-murdered at the age of 23-exacerbated this myth, the fact that both the “Selena” feature and the new Netflix series are called the undercurrent of “We should see it coming”, this fact often gets strengthen. “Selena: The Series” will undoubtedly inspire a new generation of Selena fans, but the first nine episodes of the story it tells feel highly sterile, controllable, and ultimately unpleasant.
“Selena: The Series” undoubtedly knows what it wants to say-her heroine is a good girl, a talented singer, and a woman at the forefront of the music industry. If given the opportunity, she will bring A revolution.
Unfortunately, by placing Selena on such a high pedestal, she gained a sense of being close to Christ. From the moment she was born, her parents Marcella and Abraham (Abraham (Seidy Lopez and Ricardo Chavira, respectively) borrowed her name from another couple, and later discovered that it means “Moon Goddess”.
From there, the show began a series of time-jumping actions with the help of Selena’s changing hairstyle. Family bands started as a fun hobby for kids, although it was clear that Abraham thought they (especially Selena) deserved superstars. We know this because Abraham has repeatedly stated the strength of the band, their importance and that they should not let anything stand in the way. Each iteration of Selena’s story presents Abraham Quintanilla in a highly specific way. In 1997, Abraham, played by Edward James Olmos, was a firm father, and his love for his children was beyond doubt.
Chavira’s performance firmly played the role of Dadamu through a brief moment of warmth and love, although these are not enough to surpass the way the character is written. Abraham ruled his family with an iron fist, which not only made his children work hard but also rejected their external interests. Curiously, the daughters of his daughters Selena (Christian Serratos) and Suzette (Noemi Gonzalez) were disturbed and controlled, especially in the boys. When Suzet started dating, her suitor called Abraham and asked her if she could watch a movie. Everyone was happy and Abraham liked this person. When Selena met Chris Perez (Jesse Posey), the man Abraham who eventually became her husband blew a shim. However, when Selena’s brother A.B. (Gabriel Chavarria) met a woman, he might be married and have children, no one was confused.
If this is a cultural element that seems to be the purpose of the series, then there is no discussion. This may be because there is absolutely no talk about Selena’s feelings about anything, let alone her identity as a Mexican American.
Serratos is beautiful, and Selena can be as much as a person as possible within the scope allowed by the script. But this often extends to smiling, laughing, joking, and being a perfect sister and daughter in all directions. It is important to remember that Selena has been acting since she was 10 years old and she didn’t start seeing success until she was 15. However, there is no in-depth discussion about her feelings about being a teenager’s breadwinner. Of course, we got the shopping montage. We know what she likes, but we never know who she is or who she doesn’t want to be-lack success and falling in love.
To make this more realistic, we showed a few moments where the young girl looked up at Selena and worshiped on her figurative altar. Even her family, even Chris, was given a moment of slow motion that made her fly over the moon and experienced what made Selena so special. Moreover, if you are not tired of montages, please be prepared, because Selena almost every song will be accompanied by flashbacks, which implies that she always sings things directly related to her life, this may be the only way for the script to inject history into her.
Selena is a beautiful ghost, and this may be related to her family, especially her sister Suzette, who is the executive producer of the series. It’s easy to figure out why Selena’s thoughts are usually shared through her sister or brother. Gonzalez, Chavarria, and Suzet are as good as A.B., but it is also because they are the stars of this series. They have fulfilling goals and ambitions. In a sense, watching this is like watching “Bohemian Rhapsody,” where every other character shows how the lead singer calls the camera, but it must also be admitted that the singer is emotionally controlled and suffocated.
Most importantly, the series has a relatively fixed portrayal of the mixed connection between family and Latin identity. Selena did not speak Spanish as a child, and her father taught her to seek success. After Selena and her band began to rise in fame, the singer continued to promote the production of an English album, but the album was only shown-and reminded them often-that her audience did not want that. Selena once gave a speech about what it means to win a golden record because she is not just a person who sings in Spanish, but it is my honor. This is a sweet moment, coming to the end of the first episode, never involving identity or treatment of Latinos in the late 1980s or early 1990s.
“Selena: The Series” ended up feeling like Cliff’s Notes’ performance on the band Selena y Los Dinos, not the woman in the middle of the band. Despite all the topics about Selena’s importance in the team, the series kept her silent, but the goose lay down the golden egg that everyone wanted to use for profit. The series has different opinions for those who want to see more of Selena’s iconic costumes and performances for those who want to have different opinions on other characters in the 1997 function, Serratos’s performance is admirable. There is a family story there, but it’s hard not to think of it as an ambitious father and children who have created success stories despite his dominance.
Christian Serratos the actress who plays Selena in the Netflix series, ANGELA from Twilight.
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