I'm never quite sure what's the issue people have with Madonna, but I'm always a bit naive like that. I know that there's no coincidence in the fact that Madonna's two good performances on the screen both revolved around a singing starlet of some sort, but looking at it from this angle belies the talent that she has - yes, talent. I'll admit I'm a big fan of the lady in all her androgynous/controversial/over-exaggerated appeal. 1996 was a good year in film, and its Best Actress lineup stands up as one of the best of the decade. Still, I say it without guilt Madonna deserved a spot in the lineup. Evita is essentially a showcase for Madonna, but there's a moment in "I'd Be Surprisingly Good For You" when she bats her eyes at Jonathan Pryce in that way that only she knows how, and I'm convinced that this woman is amazing.
The biggest story about Evita is the one about Madonna stealing the song "Another Suitcase In Another Hall" for herself. It always amuses because it's one of the wisest decisions the films makes. I can only imagine what a fearsome thing to behold Patti Lupone's Evita must have been, but Madonna has a natural sense for softeness juxtaposed with harshness that makes her Eva Peron a much more believable woman - and dare I say sympathetic. Madonna is glamour epitomised, but I'm always willing to believe in the cadence of her earlier self in numbers like "Buenos Aires". Madonna (the star) has adopted England as her second home, and I don't doubt that she could understand just a little about Eva's perilous journey.