THE PLOT THUS FAR
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.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Evita” is a gorgeous, lush film, full of thousands of extras, great location scenes and features a very talented cast. It acts almost as an incredibly big budgeted and elaborate music video, mainly because it features almost constant singing, and well, it stars one of the most visible music video stars of all time. Madonna finally found her part in this film, and no, it wasn’t just easier because she didn’t have a lot of speaking lines. It is clear that not only did she take voice lessons because her voice quality was better than “normal”, and has stayed that way since the making of this film, but she was able to knock off some decent dramatic moments.
The one weakness that Madonna brings to her portrayal of Eva is her lack of depth. It is not that she is a bad actress… she can emote, she is polished and trained as a dancer so she moves well on screen, but she lacks some ill defined depth of character and all her supporting actors and actresses in ‘Evita’ help to shore up this missing ingredient in her performance. The master touch in all the dramatic recreation of a singular individual and moment in Argentina is, of course, the use of a “supraconscience”, a narrator and critic in the guise of Ernesto “Che” Guevara, who was a young opposition militant when Eva Perón rose and fell.
The Blu-Ray comes with a featurette, trailer and music video. The A/V Quality blows away anything I’ve seen since the original theatrical exhibition. This is how Disney should be treating its older releases with a glorious DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track and 1080p transfer. I’ve been using the disc to test out my brand new subwoofer and it has been firing regularly. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.
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