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More music video than musical, EVITA is a rock opera that doesn't rock. Three, maybe four songs crackle with the kind of energy that threatens to send the audience into the aisles dancing. The rest of the songs-- all of which sound canned, another problem-- are slower, softer, and often sleep-inducing. Lady Madonna is picture- perfect and, at times, vocally impressive as the died-young-after- sleeping-her-way-to-the-top Argentinean First Lady. Rarely does she sing with the gusto, though, that wandering narrator Antonio Banderas does; he has a set of pipes that you won't believe! The other singer/star is Jonathan Pryce (CARRINGTON) and he barely registers as Juan Peron, partially due to his having the least- interesting singing voice. (And where are the profound basses? Andrew Lloyd Weber's score sorely lacks a bruising bottom-end.) EVITA isn't exactly a fun movie to watch, nor is it particularly powerful. Director Alan Parker (THE COMMITTMENTS, MISSISSIPPI BURNING), who also co-wrote the script with Oliver Stone, provides, at best, bombastic sketches of a certain someone's life. Little to nothing is revealed about Eva Peron's character, but, oh, doesn't she look pretty and sing well? (Rated "PG"/136 min.) Grade: B- Copyright 1997 by Michael J. Legeros
Originally posted to triangle.movies in MOVIE HELL: January 12, 1997.