It should have been made 40 years ago, but this biopic about the Mexican-American leader who spearheaded the fight for farmworkers' rights couldn't be more timely.
Cesar Chavez makes for a fine history lesson, but as drama, it leaves something to be desired.
Michael Pe�a brings a centered, beckoning beauty to the title character that manages to speak to Ch�vez nonviolent approach without becoming hagiographic.
Biopics about civil rights icons are usually staid affairs. Cesar Chavez, directed by Diego Luna, is no exception.
With Pe�a, the question is this: Are the movies brave enough to give him the chance he deserves? He's a wonderful Cesar Chavez.
It's reverential rather than revealing, predictably admiring where it needs to be nuanced and challenging.
An amateurish mess, with faltering direction and wooden acting.
The man was a more interesting person than the poster-ready icon presented here.
The results can be surprisingly rich, lucid and subtle.