June 18th, 2013 | By admin
Last week we were invited to the 20o Cartas (Directed by Bruno Irizarry) movie premiere at the United Palace! Actor/composer and Heights hometown hero Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mexican telenovela superstar Jaime Camil, Former Miss Universe (1993) Dayanara Torres, and Puerto Rican icon Iris Chacón were all there looking fabulous at their premiere! …. Delicious Bacardi mojitos were served by the red carpet, giving it that Puerto Rican touch!
Synopsis: Raul (Lin-Manuel Miranda) is a struggling Nuyorican comic book artist and hopeless romantic who hasn’t had much luck with love, but all that is about to change when he meets María Sánchez, a beautiful Puerto Rican tourist in a NYC night club. A fight breaks out and the would be new couple lose each other amongst the chaos. Bewitched by her beauty, Raul can’t stop thinking about Maria and decides to take a trip to Puerto Rico along with his womanizing best friend Juan (Jaime Camil) to find what he believes is his true love. Upon arrival, he discovers that there are 200 Maria Sanchez’s on the island and decides to write a love letter and mails it to all 200 of them. He travels the beautiful island picking up new friends along the way (Dayanara Torres), in search for his “Maria.” Will Raul find what he was looking for?
My Review: The movie is a romantic (bilingual) comedy! Personally, we felt that they could have cut some of the animation scenes out, it was kind of “cheesy”. I did find that the film carries this interesting message; sometimes what you’re looking for is right in front of you. It just takes time – and an interesting journey – to connect the dots! (a relatable point for everyone!). Overall you will find yourself laughing, smiling and …a little surprised… especially at the end! It was enjoyable to watch.
200 Cartas was actually based on a personal story… director Bruno Irizarry’s story! When he was 17 he met a beautiful Puerto Rican woman in New York, leaving him “head-over-heels”. He ended up following his heart, went to Puerto Rico to find this special lady! During his 3 year search he found an adventurous journey… which eventually lead him to the creation of this film!
P.S- Help the United Palace raise $40,000 in 40 days! The funds will allow them to purchase a digital projection system, clean the decades-old screen, host at least 6 screenings in 2013, and spread the word that film is back at the Palace. Here’s the link to donate and learn more about the campaign!