It’s unimaginable to hate a film about immigrants embracing the American dream.

Even “Flamin’ Hot,” which turned the “inspired by a true story” phrase the wrong way up, showcased the hustle and coronary heart it takes to satisfy this nation’s promise.

“A Million Miles Away” falls squarely on this style, and the character in query truly did what the film suggests (phew!). Jose Hernandez left Earth for house, fulfilling a lifetime dream in opposition to each odd you’ll be able to think about.

What begins with cliches and hokum slowly offers option to one thing profound. This isn’t simply an immigrant’s success story. It’s a tribute to marriage.

Younger Jose Hernandez (Juan Pablo Monterrubio) bounces from area to area together with his migrant relations. It’s the late Sixties, and Mexicans like Jose work the crops that discover their option to dinner tables nationwide.

It’s back-breaking labor, however the Hernandez clan does it with out grievance. They’ve little alternative.

Cash is scarce and so, too, is alternative. The lad can’t assist dreaming large, and his loyal trainer (Michelle Krusiec) sees one thing particular within the boy as his gaze reaches for the celebs.


Besides these opening sequences really feel so acquainted, so mechanical, that we’re left considering we’ve stumbled into an old-school, made-for-television movie.

The story will get a bounce after we flash ahead 15 or so years. Jose is now a younger man, performed by a 47-year-old Michael Pena. A minimum of “Private Parts” had Howard Stern instantly tackle why a 40-something actor was taking part in a university pupil.

Right here, we wince watching Pena fake to be younger with out de-aging or different display tics. It doesn’t assist that Jose’s on-screen dad and mom seem untouched by the years.


We additionally see a clueless white particular person assume Jose is a janitor, not an engineer, though the younger man is completely dressed and wears a tie. What number of janitors present as much as work trying like that?

Woke Alert!

“Million” involves life the minute Jose meets Adela (Rose Salazar), a automobile salesperson who connects with the shy engineer. Their courtship is so old skool it hurts, however Jose refuses to let something get in the best way of their romance.

Jose nonetheless has goals of hovering above the earth, and it might take a miracle for that to occur.

Few movies seize the sacrifice and surprise of marriage fairly like “A Million Miles Away.” It’s not about infidelity or fights over too many late-night poker video games. They’re a unit, a pair juggling parenting obligations and their dueling goals.

The movie treats Adela’s restaurant goals as background fodder, which is a mistake. What’s far richer is how she isn’t handled like “The Wife” however an integral a part of Jose’s story. We count on Pena to convey one thing particular to a movie like this.

Salazar is greater than his match right here.

The actors have an exquisite, lived-in chemistry that’s laborious to breed. The screenplay takes their marriage, and the assorted challenges, significantly. That offers dramatic heft to Jose’s quest to succeed in the celebs, understanding it gained’t matter if he comes dwelling to a damaged marriage.

“A Million Miles Away” doesn’t draw back from movie formulation, however in treating the weather past Jose’s house goals with the gravity they deserve, the biopic rises above the competitors.

HiT or Miss: “A Million Miles Away” takes time to heat up, however when it does it’s a poignant ode to the ability of goals and the establishment of marriage.