26 February 2002 | rrincon10
Alcanzar Una Estrella III
Uneven yet entertaining telenovela that chronicles the disintegration and rebirth of a fictitious rock group named DKDA. The melodrama intentionally makes analogies between the series' characters and many of the prominent celebrities in Mexico. DKDA is loosely patterned after the pop group Timbiriche, while diva Brenda's rise to Hollywood stardom and her contempt for her home country's masses is a satirical critique of Salma Hayek. Likewise, pop goddess Karla is a would be Shakira, while her sleazy husband Raul is depicted as a "Sergio Andrade" exploiter. The scenes involving the parody of Thalia's "Maria Del Barrio" are satirically amusing. One of the telenovela's minor flaws is the cast change involving Litzy's replacement by Andrea Torre. Part of the story involved the resemblance between the heroine Laura (Litzy during the first half of series) and villainess Brenda (Alessandra of the pop music duo, Sentidos Opuestos). Although Andrea Torre does a fairly decent job in her portrayal of "good girl" Laura, the context of the story is greatly affected by the fact that Torre looks absolutely nothing like Litzy.
Jan, Sharis Cid and the other stars who play DKDA give a "Mixed Performance": sometimes their acting is okay, but other times their acting is uninspired and wooden. Special kudos go to Luis Gatica (son of the Chilean singer Lucho Gatica), who manages to steal the show as the scum bag villain who never seems to get things right.
When this telenovela first aired, some critics said that it was too similar to the 1990 telenovela, "Alcanzar Una Estrella," which starred Mariana Garza (as the "good girl" heroine) and Eduardo Capetillo (as the "rock star" leading man). Overall, "DKDA" could be summed up as "Alcanzar Una Estrella III." (The 1991 sequel,"Alcanzar Una Estrella II," starred Ricky Martin and former Timbiriche singer Sasha.) If you enjoyed those two telenovelas, you'll probably enjoy this one. If not, I wouldn't recommend this for your viewing.