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Evita 1996

The hit musical based on the life of Evita Duarte, a B-picture Argentinian actress who eventually became the wife of Argentinian president Juan Perón, and the most beloved and hated woman in Argentina...

Release Date:
January 10, 1997
135 min
Alan Parker
Nick Holder, Jonathan Pryce, Antonio Banderas, ...
Drama, History, Thriller, ...

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Solar rating: 9


Imdb rating: 6.3



The Caveman's Valentine was on of the very few movies which wasn't that great I expected. It wasn't bad either, but somehow... well
Evita was just a "normal" musical film. If you want to watch something spectacular (!) go see Moulin Rouge.
and more...
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Easily Madonna's best movie!! Antonio ain't so bad either!!

Where do we go from here?
This isn't where we intended to be.
We had it all
You believed in me
I believed in you

Certainties disappear
What do we do for our dream to survive
How do we keep all our passions alive
As we used to do?

Deep in my heart I'm concealing
Things that I'm longing to say
Scared to confess what I'm feeling
Frightened you'll slip away
You must love me
You must love me

Why are you at my side?
How can I be any use to now?
Give me a chance and I'll let you see how
Nothing has changed.

Deep in my heart I'm concealing
Things that I'm longing to say
Scared to confess what I'm feeling
Frightened you'll slip away
You must love me (repeat three times)
So yesterday I watched Evita, in all it's fullscreen, commercial-filled glory (yuck) on Much More Music. I had wanted to see it way back in '96 (I had even owned the soundtrack, at one point) but I just haven't managed to get to see it, until now.

So, it was pretty decent. I loved all the music, and Madonna did improve her voice tremendously for the part (however, I will still always love The Immaculate Collection). Jonathan Pryce is a great actor. The art direction was excellent, probably the best part by far.

I didn't quite understand why Antonio Banderas' character was there, and what purpose he really served. I mean, I know he was the narrator, but I don't really feel that a narrator was necessary, especially one that wasn't objective and didn't really like Eva all that much. Also, I don't feel that they quite pulled off the "chorus"...the random people singing in the background somehow didn't feel quite right.

The Opinion: I thought this would capture my attention far more than it did.
Heaven and Earth (Director) - Part 3? Enough already.

Natural Born Killers (Director) - I enjoyed the way this movie was filmed. Really sets this movie apart I think.

Nixon (Director/Screenwriter) - Stone at his best. Let's keep him away from writing history books.

Evita (Screenwriter) - Who knew that Antonio Banderas was so versatile, but I really think he should stick with action films.

U-Turn (Director) -
Quite mediocre musical with good acting and some fine music. The biggest mistake in "Evita" is that it`s dialogue is about 95% singing and 5% talking, for a musical to be good, these measurements should be at least equal, if not more talking then singing. But in here, sometimes even unrhyming and most awkward lines are performed singing. I have no bad words for actors. Madonna fitted very well into this role and showed that she could act. Very good support to her are shining Antonio Banderas, who`s presence as a storyteller, while not important to plot, gives very much to the viewer and Jonathan Pryce as Juan Peron. Also, from good side comes flashy editing and fine cinematography, still, it is too long and doesn`t bother to show Eva Peron as a three-dimensional character. This is a kind of film, that I would never demonize, but also wouldn`t recommend it.
This was a simply stupendous movie. The visuals and costumes were stunning, the new realization of the musical score excellent. Madonna deserves more credit than she has gotten for this. Although her voice is perhaps a bit thin for the role, she stretched herself for this, and did a fine job. Antonio Banderas was simply fantastic. Most of the naysayers (and there are many), clearly don't care for Andrew Lloyd Weber, or for musicals in general. Of course it isn't "deep", it's a musical!
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