18 April 2024
Entertainment Music

‘Carlos’ Overview: Santana’s Soulful Legacy

Since his breakthrough on the Fillmore in San Francisco after which a star-making efficiency at Woodstock in 1969, Carlos Santana’s fusion of improvisational Latin rock and blues has been considered transcendent.

Within the director Rudy Valdez’s poignant however shortsighted documentary, “Carlos,” that very same magic comes alive by way of efficiency clips from numerous eras of the Mexican guitarist’s half-century-long profession and commentary about his life offstage. Santana’s ethereal temper imbues the film with a numinous really feel — even a childhood anecdote that he shares about his father speaking to birds whereas enjoying the violin at sundown is delivered with an affecting cosmic contact.

Though Santana, 76, reveals some uncooked particulars of his life — his father’s infidelity, experiencing sexual abuse as a baby — the portrait, rendered primarily by way of interviews, leaves so much out. For followers questioning in regards to the anti-trans comments that he made at a present in July after which apologized for, there’s nothing within the documentary that mentions his political stances. The movie presents Santana with out critique.

Different interviews can really feel muted. His sisters, exhibiting hesitant physique language, don’t look like they wish to say an excessive amount of. His bandmate and second spouse, Cindy Blackman Santana, is even quieter. Deeper insights from a rock critic or music historian would have enriched the movie to completely convey not simply what Santana’s legacy is however what it means. Nonetheless, this managed documentary captivates as a soulful private historical past, even when it doesn’t precisely transcend.

Rated R for coarse language, transient nudity and rock ’n’ roll drug discuss. Operating time: 1 hour 27 minutes. In theaters.