After more than a decade of false starts and several potential directors, the popular Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice musical finally made it to the big screen with Alan Parker (The Commitments) at the helm and Madonna in the coveted title role of Argentina's first lady, Eva Perón. A triumph of production design, costuming, cinematography, and epic-scale pageantry, the film follows the rise of Eva Perón to the level of supreme social and political celebrity in the 1940s. Like Madonna, Perón was a material girl (she was only 33 when she died); she was instrumental in the... political success of her husband, Juan Perón (Jonathan Pryce). But Eva was also a supremely tragic figure whose life was essentially hollow at its core despite the lavish benefits of her nearly goddess-like status. The film Evita has a similar quality--it's visually astonishing but emotionally distant, and benefits greatly from the singing commentary of Ché (Antonia Banderas), who serves as a passionate chorus to guide the viewer through the elaborate parade of history. --Jeff Shannon [show more]
After fighting so many years to get this film made, and Madonna's struggle to get the part, this story of Eva Peron, excels. It's not often you say that she was born to play the role, but she was. Antonio Bendaras is great also, as the narrator, and takes you on the journey of Eva's life and eventual death. Highlights for me include, 'Don't Cry For Me Argentina' and 'Buenos Aires'. OK, Madonna isn't Julie Covington, but this is her best film to date, by far.
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. Eva Peron (Madonna) was born the illegitimate daughter of a penniless farmer. Determined to make it to the top, Eva attaches herself to a poplar tango singer, (Jimmy Nail) in the big city. Eva becomes a radio and film actress, moving in influential circles within Buenos Aires society. When she becomes involved with rising politician, Juan Peron (Jonathan Pryce), the establishment disapproves and he is arrested. Eva fights on the freedom, both for her husband and the oppressed masses. Peron is freed by the people, the couple marries and Peron is elected president. But Eva's greatest battle is yet to come.