The film takes a huge amount of dramatic liberties from the actual life and story of Buddy Holly. To pick just one example, his parents are depicted as 'redneck' stereotypes who detest his rock n roll music because of its black origins, Buddy feeling eager to leave them both behind. In reality, he came out of a good-natured, intelligent family of well-respected Texans, whom he kept in touch with via a bunch of nice letters until his death.
This doesn't change the fact that, overall, the movie presents an interesting story-line with talented performances. The sheer joy and coolness of 50s rock n roll shines through completely. It's worth watching, but viewers need a good, solid warning about taking too much out of it.
Biopics are usually pretty lazy and formulaic and it's hard for an actor to capture an icon (James Brown, Jimi Hendrix) without coming across as merely a gifted mimic. So I was pleasantly surprised by this spirited movie about early rock and roll star Buddy Holly. Since he died quite young in a plane crash, the film has less ground to cover than say, that movie about Ray Charles (forgot what it was called). It wisely focuses on his music, which is still great. If you think of Gary Busey as, well, crazy Gary Busey, he gives a fine performance here and his singing is quite credible. I also learned that his wife was Hispanic. Also check out "Sweet Dreams," "Coal Miner's Daughter," "Walk the Line," and "La Bamba."
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A++ for Buddy Holly B+ for the movie!!!!
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