Selena: The Series is now out on Netflix and boy, is there loads of discuss! There’s one group of people that love any and all issues Selena and are comfortable to have new materials. Then there’s the opposite camp who’s not having it.
I fall within the center – I like Selena. Her story is wonderful and galvanizing, however so tragic and heartbreaking too. Without acknowledging her demise, her story is considered one of ardour, drive, and love for sharing her expertise. Timeless leisure, carry it on!
What I liked in regards to the sequence
I actually loved the household dynamic. We want extra brown tales on our TV screens. Stories past boxing, automobiles or gangs or poverty. Our Mexican-American tradition is ripe with artwork, entrepreneurship, company life and juggling each Mexican and American worlds. When it involves the Quintanilla familia, we’re all used to the long-lasting 1997 film, we LOVE it.
Selena: The Series tells extra of the story behind the songwriting and the lives of the siblings. It actually exhibits how a lot they supported Selena, but in addition labored on their very own desires as nicely.
A pleasant shock was seeing actor Julio Macias from On My Block…
don a long-haired wig to play the lead singer of Los Dinos! OMG! What a metamorphosis, I didn’t even acknowledge him!
And – I particularly liked the efficiency by actress Seidy Lopez who takes on the position of Marcella, Selena’s mother. We’ve seen Seidy as Mousie in Mi Vida Loca, and even the 1997 Selena movie. It’s enjoyable to see her “age up” into this position. She dons these wigs with energy and charm. Check out my interview with her!
Selena: The Series will get artful props for the various DIY tasks!
- There are a number of visits to the material and craft retailer for issues like glitter, sequins, gems, and cloth.
- In one scene, Abraham, Selena’s dad, books an out of doors gig for the band and has the entire household flip empty peach cans into stage lights!
- Selena and Suzette are continuously crafting their wardrobe. In one scene, they even make glittered boots!
From watching Selena’s interviews and her performances, we are able to see how vivacious she was. Always glowing, all the time creating one thing magical. Her dedication to her craft is one thing we should always all be impressed by. Giving 100%.
But we all know her life was not all the time rhinestones and roses.
How may it’s? With the strain of the music trade and supporting the lives of the band – that’s loads of strain. She had so many tribulations to work by means of – just like the dominance of her father, dwelling on the street, continuous work. How did she handle her profession, the success, the stress, household life – all of that?
Selena: The Series misses the chance to inform a deeper model of her story. While the general sequence is good, typically humorous and has a proficient solid, it missed out on telling Selena’s viewpoint.
We see an outline of her life, from start up till her dad finds out about her romance with Chris Perez. But it’s from the surface trying in. This could be okay if it stayed like this for the opposite characters. But we see the angst behind Selena’s dad, her brother AB, and her sister Suzette, greater than we see what was going by means of Selena’s head.
Selena is usually portrayed right here as very passive, an icon of perfection and naivety, managed by her dad and brother. Selena: The Series is in some methods feels extra like a narrative in regards to the origins of the Selena model, versus her life. When everyone knows, Selena was a boss businesswoman and performer, however that didn’t present by means of because the drive of the storylines. Suzette’s story felt extra fascinating. The sister pressured to change into the band’s drummer whether or not she wished to or not. Actress Noemi Gonzalez got here by means of! She introduced Suzette to life, I hope to see extra of her story within the upcoming season.
One different sticky level – the casting of Selena. While actress Christian Serratos offers her greatest for the position and comes by means of in direction of the top of the sequence (after the make up), I had hassle connecting along with her within the early episodes. She didn’t seize the essence of Selena’s vibe that we’ve love a lot. To me, this felt just like the weakest a part of the sequence.
It could be the director or the writing, however Selena got here throughout very passive, meek and gentle spoken. I discovered zero relation to what I knew of Selena, and finally needed to change my pondering from “this is Selena’s story” to “this is a story about a Mexican-American family” – that helped me benefit from the sequence way more.
Watch my interview with Seidy!
When she mentions for individuals to have an open thoughts and consider this story of being a few Mexican-American household, sure! Selena: The Series is way more gratifying with out evaluating it to Selena’s actual life. There remains to be one other season and hopefully these episodes will provide extra perspective from Selena herself.
My takeaway: Give Selena: The Series a watch, it’s entertaining and gratifying, so long as you don’t examine it to the true Selena. There are some scenes that might be classics (THE CRAFTING!) And a word to Netflix – let’s see extra sequence about Latino households within the enterprise world!
Thanks for testing my evaluate of Selena: The Series! Let me know what you consider the present!
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Love & gentle,