“At first glance, archetypal American director Ron Howard does not seem the ideal candidate to make a documentary on Italy’s international operatic sensation, the man with the voice from God, Luciano Pavarotti. Initial impressions, however, can be deceptive, and Howard turns out to be a natural choice to direct the excellent “Pavarotti,” a warm, emotional and completely involving film about the celebrated tenor. If nothing else, after a career that started as a child star on a hit TV show and came to include a raft of crowd-pleasing movies, if Howard does not understand the nature of mass popularity, no one does. And Pavarotti, who died in 2007 at age 71, was celebrated like no tenor since Enrico Caruso, accounting for more than 100 million albums sold, including sales of “The Three Tenors,” the top-selling classical disc ever. More than that, Howard has directed music documentaries before (“The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years”) and as a celebrity in his own right has the kind of clout that likely helped in getting access to the wide variety of on-screen voices — 53 new interviews in total — that is one of “Pavarotti’s” strengths…. When Pavarotti dies at this film’s end, we take it as though we’ve lost a friend. In the final analysis, it was the man’s supreme gift to make us feel as if we had”—Kenneth Turan, L.A. Times. PG-13. 114 Min.