Dirty Dancing - Havana Nights
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Top Customer Reviews
Diego Luna, who was so charming in Y Tu Mama Tambien, gets five stars from me. Here he is sweet and very likeable, a terrific dancer, and oozes teenage appeal. Co-star Romola Garai is fine, too, and the Cuban music and dance scenes are appropriately steamy. The script and the photography earn three stars, however. The story tries to balance youthful flirtation with the serious theme of political revolution. Two movies could have been made, but one seems unconnected and somewhat shallow. The whole movie was filmed in very dim lighting, even in sunlight, giving it a B-movie look.
But Havana Nights is a pleasant movie with an appealing star, and I recommend it to those who like Cuban music, dancing, and teen romance.
Katie (Romola Garai) has just moved to pre-revolution Cuba. She's a total bookworm, but when she meets hotel waiter Javier (the marvelous Diego Luna) she's completely swept away. The basic story follows that of the original-- she doesn't know how to "feel" the music, her parents dissaprove of the guy she likes, preferring her to date the guy she hates.
The cinematography is impressive, and the colors are amazing-- lots of reds and oranges. It's so picturesque. The performances were great, the dancing was wonderful (although I don't think the dancing was necessarily dirty, it was much more beautiful and sensual than the dancing in the original). I really like that Patrick Swayze makes an appearance as a dance instructor. His limited screen time is awesome.
Definitely check this one out. If your a fan of the original, don't snub this one, you may like it better. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!
Yes, some of the dialogue was corny, and yes, some of the plot was lame. But in light of these vices, I found the performances from the two leads excellent! Luna's first English film was great, and so different than 'Y Tu Mama Tambien.'
The music is incredible. The dancing is tantric. The culture and atmosphere is steamy. Overall: a very hot movie!
HAVANA NIGHTS tells a compelling story of a young girl forced to relocate to Cuba when her father gets a job over there and ends up meeting a local boy who teaches her how to tap into her spiritual side by self expression in the form of dancing. Her parents of course are portrayed as old fuddie duddies at first but eventually come to realise their daughter is old enough to choose what she wants out of life, and inevitably she and the boy fall in love.
Entering a dance competition, the two take to the floor and astound just about everyone present.
But before the young dancers are able to fully embrace the passion required for the moves in the contest, some necessary help is gained by a certain dance instructor who will no doubt be very familiar to just about every female on the planet, and movie lovers everywhere. Patrick Swayze appears for several scenes and provides rather memorable moments that really add to the overall enjoyment of the story, making this an amazing cinematic experiece that will take your breath away! Also his dance partner in the first scene at the dance studio is in reality the woman whose life this film is based on. This only makes this movie rate even higher for all the cleverness that comes out of it.
I got this DVD this morning as a Christmas gift from my parents and just now finished it and sat down to write this review, so you know it is that good. Also of note is the song you hear at the end of the film when the young lovers have their last dance. It is called "Hips Don't Lie" and is by Shakira, and available on her most recent release.
Order HAVANA NIGHTS today and have a very Merry Christmas!! I know I sure will!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Usually 2nd version of a movie is not as good as the first, but this one is good. Lot of dancing and good music.Published 18 days ago by GAT
The movie is great, its just that the DVD was packaged with a heavier item and that item cracked the case.Published 20 days ago by Christine Grigson
Equally as good as the original "Dirty Dancing", or maybe Better!Published 1 month ago by John H. Sweet
Lovely movie, containing some great acting and a fun plot. The dancing is beautiful and the tried and true love story never gets old. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Joe Ruffatto
this streaming purchase was a mistake that was never corrected. It's too easy to make this purchase and realize the blunder too late.Published 2 months ago by Robert J. Barsale
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