Newest Review: ... on the basis of it being a musical. I personally love musicals and of the opinion that the emotions conveyed through song are just as- i... more
Original, Emotional and Exeptional!
Member Name: _jammy_
Advantages: Informative, emotive and rewarding.
Disadvantages: Slow film, lasting around 129 Minutes.
For people that haven't seen Evita, it seems to be one of those Marmite films. You either love musicals or hate them all, right? Well this is absolutely not the case for this film. In my opinion at least, this film covers such a wide range of bases that it is short-sighted and somewhat unfair to dismiss it solely on the basis of it being a musical.
I personally love musicals and of the opinion that the emotions conveyed through song are just as- if not more- touching and powerful than that of standard dialog. But for those that do not share this view, the film offers so much more than what appears on the surface.
Based on the true events of 1940's Buenos Aires, we are taken on a journey through the life of Eva Peron, from her humble beginnings as an illegitimate daughter of a poor farmer, to becoming the First Lady of Argentina. Using Che (Antonio Banderas) as the narrator and personification of the public opinion, the story covers important political happenings at the time, from the revolt of the Proletariat to political corruptness and suppression of women.
This is one of those films where no amount of explanation will really do it justice. It simply needs to be seen to grasp the overall brilliance. Evita is a very slow paced film and requires a lot of patience. If you really can't sit still for two minutes then this film probably isn't for you. However if you sit back and give it the full attention that it deserves, then this film will reward you with a beautiful, mind-stimulating and heart-breaking experience.
Summary: Follow the obstacles facing Eva Peron as she strives for social and political power.