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Madonna Did This?
Member Name: Shadowtwinchaos
Date: 06/12/01, updated on 06/12/01 (102 review reads)
Advantages: Wonderfully done, Well written, Great Soundtrack
Disadvantages: A bit slow in the beginning, Not for everyone, Not necessarily completely historically accurate
A friend of mine invited me to go to the movies with him and I agreed. There were many good movies out at theaters that I wanted to see. However, when he lead me into the showing of Evita, I was hesitant. Not only didn't I know what the movie was, I was not a big fan of Madonna. But since he was paying for the ticket, I decided that it would be rude to refuse. I am now eternally grateful for his insistence.
The movie opens with the sad news that Eva Duarte de Peron has died. The country goes into shock. The funeral is grand and shows good contrast to the flash back to her own father's death, where her mother and the children are turned away from her father's funeral as bastards. While the movie is a little slow to get started, the emotion is there from the beginning.
Madonna as Evita, plays a young girl hungry for success and the big city. She does so by sleeping her way to the top. A role that Madonna has wanted to play for a long time and almost didn't ~evil grin~. When the Argentines found out she was to play the role, there was a large amount of protest. It was only as the movie began production that the protests stopped. She does the role full justice. Her powerful voice and screen presence brings life to the role. Showcasing all of her talents from vocals to dancing, Madonna impressed me in this role as she has never before.
Antonio Banderas as Chi is another real shock. While always a pleasure to look at, when he opens his mouth and sings with such strength and beauty, I was blown away. He has a vocal talent that I was completely surprised by. Playing the representation of the "common man" he is a type of Jiminy Cricket to Madonna's Evita. The character harbors a deep love/hate relationship with Evita which often brings the two characters into confrontation. Madonna and Antonio portray this relationship well. The two voices blend well with an on-screen magic that is very effective. As a type of narra
tor, Antonio is amusing and witty while still showing the broad range of emotions that people felt about Eva Peron.
Jonathon Pryce as Juan Peron was a good choice. While his vocal skill is not as strong as the other two, his on screen presence is strong enough to carry his vocals. The role of President is well suited to him. So what he lacks in strong vocal skills is more than made up for by his ability to maintain the aura of a President. His contrast to Madonna also does a very good job of showing that Juan Peron very probably wouldn't have made it as high up as he did if Eve hadn't been behind him.
The political points that the movie touches on with a volatile government and a shaky democracy is well done without being over powering or too in depth. You get the point without them cramming it down your throat. The movie also handles well the many of the questions surrounding Eva and Juan Peron. It doesn't offer answers, but instead, shows all sides. Such as the question about where much of the money from Eva's foundation went and whether Eva and Juan truly loved each other or if it was a marriage of convenience. Eva was considered by many a Saint and by others as a power hungry sinner. The movie shows both sides of the coin. Which I feel could very well be the truth.
"Better to win by admitting my sin than to lose with a halo"
The music and lyrics of this movie are fantastic. Many people were turned off by the fact that the entire musical was sung, in operetta style, with no spoken lines. However, I felt that the lyrics were so well done, speaking wasn't necessary. They carried you from beginning to end so well, that you almost forget that they are singing.
Eva Peron's death scene is not to be missed. I am a sucker for good death scenes and this is one of my all time favorites. Madonna wrenches true emotion out of you as she portrays Eva's last minutes. I can still watch it again an
So while this movie may not be for everyone, you have to see it to believe it. If someone had told me that I was going to sit down and watch a really long musical about some lady named Eva Peron, I would have not wanted to. But I did, and I will always be glad that I did.