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High flying, adored
Member Name: rabidbadger
Date: 08/10/09, updated on 08/10/09 (169 review reads)
Advantages: Very absorbing
Disadvantages: Historically dodgy
A touching, if not altogether historically accurate, account of the life of Argentina's saintly matriarch, conveyed somewhat quirkily via the music of Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Tim Rice.
Narrated by a strangely omnipresent Che (Antonio Banderas) the film tells the story of Eva Duarte, the illegitimate daughter of a middle-class Argentine rancher, and her determination to make something of her life, from her lowly, almost impoverished childhood in the province of Junin, through her less-than-successful career as an actress, to her chance meeting with Colonel Juan Peron, an upcoming star of the Argentinean army and would-be president.
Focusing mainly on the Argentine people's affection for their first-lady and only touching briefly on the many corruption allegations that dogged her and her husband's reign, the film does actually give you a sense of the unity she brought to a country that had, hitherto, been gripped by years of civil unrest and of the rankling she caused in the upper echelons of the country's government when she announced that she would stand for vice-president.
The characters are well cast and, more importantly for a musical, don't sound bad when they are singing. Of course you wouldn't expect anything less than musical brilliance from Madonna in the lead role, but Antonio Banderas himself and Jonathan Price (Juan Peron) add a lot to the richness of the music. Look out for Jimmy Nail as Agustine Magaldi too.
Being the type of boring old stick that would rather watch a historical documentary than a musical, I was pleasantly surprised by the overall quality and absorbing appeal of the film and found myself buying the soundtrack CD soon after I first watched it.
Summary: A wondeful way to pass a couple of hours