Flash Movie Review: Cesar Chavez

In my tiny, little corner of the world I get inspired by witnessing the sacrifices people make to create a difference in their lives and the lives around them. There is the friend whose father traveled to work 2 hours each way on public transportation, to make sure there was a steady paycheck coming in each week. I remember a former employee who was sent with her 6 siblings to live with their grandmother in a one bedroom apartment, while her parents took a job in a different country, hoping to make an easier life for their children. Through social media sites shared by individuals who follow my movie reviews, I discovered one person leads an organization devoted to establishing and protecting equal rights for women; while another works tirelessly fighting to protect those who are not strong enough to have their voices heard. It takes a special kind of person who can give so much without expecting anything in return. In the bigger scheme of things, there have been people whose actions made history by changing the world. One of those individuals was the main focus in this biographical film, based on a true story. Michael Pena (American Hustle, Shooter) played labor organizer Cesar Chavez. A quiet man who believed in non-violence, Cesar Chavez fought for the rights of migrant workers after seeing how they were being treated. America Ferrera (End of Watch, Ugly Betty-TV) played his wife Helen. Not only do I think Michael Pena is a fine actor; I was looking forward to learning more about Cesar’s life and the extraordinary events that took place around him. The cast which also included Rosario Dawson (Gimme Shelter, Unstoppable) as Dolores Huerta and John Malkovich (Secretariat, Red franchise) as orchard owner Bogdanovich Senior were quite capable to handle their roles. However, I cannot say the same for the director and writers. The performances were bland; I could not get over how dull Michael and John were especially. I felt there could have been a better sense of drama if the writers had added more story about Cesar’s family and their sacrifices. We saw his children in the beginning of the movie as they were driving to their new home, but after that they were pretty much invisible except for one older son. Unfortunately the only emotion I felt in this picture came from the depicted events taking place instead of the characters. What a shame to sacrifice the time, effort and money in developing this movie and not being able to deliver a better film.


2 stars

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on April 2, 2014, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. aguywithoutboxers

    I was looking forward to seeing this film. Thank you for your review. After reading, I’ll wait and view it on cable. Should I send to you the price of my theater ticket? 🙂

  2. um, I would like to comment on your thoughts and stuff, but you don’t know how to hit enter.

    I watched the video, I am whatever it means to be white, and I want ‘my’ government to respect all people. My tint, skin tone’ is an accident, but a desire to say F off whomever and step on and be better for you and your latter people, that is power.

    I am only now, because of what my line did before now. If you want to be an American, go get your ass kicked for a few years, come up as my German/Irish people did, and take this house for your own.

    the thing about the constitution, It doesn’t discriminate. People do. Anyone can hate anyone else, but when we ask why, same answer:

    I don’t know, my parents did. my friends did. other people did.

    No person has a right to hate another that is not linked to irrational thoughts. FACT.

    • I have always said children come into this world with no hatred, discrimination or prejudices. They sadly learn it. If this story would have simply been a documentary I would have enjoyed it more. Thanks for coming by to leave your comments.

  3. the last line, “you can’t oppress someone who is not afraid anymore”

  4. thank you for the warning. sad because this man deserves a much better representation in film and in the consciousness of all people who have and struggle to have equal rights.

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