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The movie that proved Madonna has talent
Date: 25/10/00, updated on 10/01/01 (10 review reads)
Advantages: Extremely well acted musical epic.
I watched this because I love musicals but I have to admit that I was pretty sceptical about how Madonna would interpret the role of Evita.
I needn't have worried because she turns in an excellent performance, along with Antonio Banderas as Che Guevara (I have probably spelled this wrong).
The film begins as the funeral of Evita's father is taking place, she and her siblings seem to be illegitimate children so they are ignored by everone else and are not allowed to pay their last respects. Evita is understandably devastated at this and at the death of her father.
I feel it is due to this that she has a determination to make a success of her life and to not be ignored again.
So, when she was 15 she seduced a singer named Augustin Magaldi (Jimmy Nail) and persuaded him to take her with him to Buenos Aires as part of her quest for fame and fortune. The film keeps you hooked from this moment on and you are updated on what has happened regularly by Antonio Banderas' singing commentary which is rather nice. The entire script of this film is sung, there are no spoken words. This can make the film hard to follow so you may have to watch it a couple of times to really understand what is happening.
It is an uphill struggle for Evita but she does make it big, starring in movies. modelling and singing for radio shows. It is through this work that she meets Juan Peron, the President of Argentina, kicks his mistress out of his bed (played by none other than Andrea Corr) and marries him.
She becomes an Argentinian icon because of the tireless work she does for the underpriviledged of Argentina.
Unfortunately for Evita, it does not always smell of roses and she is struck down by Cancer which kills her. Its a really good film and I defy you not to cry at the end, very moving and for the very first time ever, I left a cinema in tears.