Rumba Love (2021) Movie Review

Rumba Love – Enjoyable


Director: Guillermo Ivan

Writer: Guillermo Ivan (Screenplay)

Starring: Guillermo Ivan, Zair Montes, Ilean Almaguer, Ed Trucco, Osvaldo De Leon, Alfredo Diaz

Plot: Nicolas Quevedo, a Cuban-American rumba singer moves from Havana to New York with nothing else but his love for rumba and his unbreakable dream to make it in the Big Apple, but his journey would be confronted by unimaginable challenges.

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Rumba Love starts as we meet Cuban-American Rumba Singer Nicolas (Ivan) who has made a reputation in Havana for his unique style, when a local man talks him into travelling to New York, with the promise of being his manager.

Once in New York, he finds himself lied to, with no where to stay, no job and finding the world even more difficult that he imagined, until he finds a club where Latin Jazz is performed, given his first shot.

Thoughts on Rumba Love

Characters & Performances – Nicolas is the man that loses his best friend before getting tricked into going to New York city from Havana, left with nothing in the big city. He must use the small number of connections to survive, with his dreams of one day performing the music he made famous in Cuba. Telmaris is the partner of Nicolas’s late friend, the two remain close and she is the one person he knows he can turn too, even if she has found herself more secure in the city, she will do what she can to help him. Jim is the estranged father of Nicolas’s best friend, he owns a jazz bar in New York, which is why he never managed to return to him, he gets a chance, even if late to give someone another chance, where he has always helped out the Cuban’s back home in the past. The performances in the film are carried by writer, director and lead Guillermo Ivan who shines through the whole film.

StoryThe story here follows a man that feels like he has lost nearly everything he loved in Havana, taking the risk to head to New York with the promise of a new life, only to find himself in just as bad of a situation as before, turning to his love of music to make the most of his next stage of life. This is an interesting look at how somebody’s journey in life will take them to an unusual location for them, where they have to find themselves before they can enjoy the new environment. It does show us how a big city can become daunting to someone not used to it, with how the locals can take advantage of the newcomers, while others will welcome them.

ThemesRumba Love is a drama about learning a new city, with New York City being the backdrop, filled with its own stories, with how each street, will have a different culture waiting to be learnt about. The musical side of the film comes from the rumba style that Nicolas performs.

Released on September 24 -Theatrical & VOD

Final Thoughts Rumba Love is an enjoyable drama about finding yourself and telling that story.

The Secret of Sinchanee – Release News

Vertical Entertainment Unlocks The Secret of Sinchanee Paranormal Thriller from Dallas Buyers Club Executive Producer Joe Newcomb Available October 8th on Digital HD and On Demand

An industrial tow truck driver suffering from insomnia returns to his childhood home after the untimely death of his father, to discover that a paranormal presence has been living in the house and haunting the sacred land it was built on.

ABC Film Challenge – 90s Movies – P – Pocahontas (1995) Movie Review

Director: Mike Gabriel, Eric Goldberg

Writer: Carl Binder, Susannah Grant, Philip LaZebnik (Screenplay)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Joe Baker, Christian Bale, Irene Bedard, Billy Connolly, James Apaumut Fall, Mel Gibson, Linda Hunt

Plot: An English soldier and the daughter of an Algonquin chief share a romance when English colonists invade seventeenth century Virginia.

Tagline – An American legend comes to life

Runtime: 1 Hour 21 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Pocahontas starts as we meet the English colonists led by Governor Radcliffe who are looking for new land for their hunt for gold, with the fearless warrior John Smith along with them, the English arrive in Virginia where they clash with an Algonquin tribe.

As John explores himself, he meets the daughter of the chief Pocahontas, a dreamer who is always searching for more from the world, one with nature and someone John has never met before. The union between John and Pocahontas could stop the bloodshed the two sides want to bring onto each other.

Thoughts on Pocahontas

ThoughtsPocahontas is one of the many Disney animations that is built around a legendary story, one that doesn’t always connect with the reality of history, it does show the arrogance of the people that invaded lands compared to the people there who just wanted a normal life that is getting shattered. When it comes to the animated Disney, this does feel like one of the weaker ones, which was just the start of the many weaker films we got to see in the later 90’s in the post early 90s boom back to success. The songs never feel as catchy as they should be for a Disney film and while the messaging is clear about accepting people, it just never seems to hit the heights of many other films that have tried and succeeded with the same ideas. Most of the highlights in the film come from sidekick animal characters that will get all the laughs to keep you smiling.

Final Thoughts Pocahontas is the standard Disney animation.