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I believe Evita to be one of the worst musicals in all of history. I cringe at the thought of this movie even being considered a musical because the "music" in this movie have no true musical value. The music was poorly chosen for each section of the movie. For example, the beginning of the movie was rightfully dramatic and devastating as the movie was to emphasize the great devastation in the citizens of Argentina. Later in the movie, a scene demonstrating death, destruction, and devastation featured music that sounded like a light-hearted song from a 70s rock band. I found comedic value in this and almost burst out laughing at the poor quality of the movie. None of the songs had any rhythm or rhyme in any of them. Many of the songs sound like insignificant conversations with different out of tune pitches, or simply a failed attempt at music. In music, words must be emphasized through musical pitches or unique lyrical ideas. Music usually have lyrics that rhyme in order to emphasize their meaning or just to make the song sound nice. Evita has only a few rhyming lyrics in the entire movie, and much of the movie contains "music". Music does not require rhyming lyrics, only emphasis. To emphasize music, the word that remains not rhymed must be attached to a pitch that must be raised or lowered a half step in the musical chromatic scale in order to emphasize the pitch, instead of the word itself. This is evident in more modern music such as Egypt Station's "Hunt You Down/Naked/3-Link. In other methods, phrases must end after a word that will not rhyme with anything. For example, if the end of a line is 'orange', the phrase must end after the orange. This is evident in Earth, Wind, and Fire's hit song, "Fantasy". The last method is to make each last line word the same amount of syllables, in order to emphasize the words using their structure. This is evident in many Phantom of the Opera songs. The songs in Evita are bad, but not the only part of the movie. The sets are clearly reused many times throughout the movie and sometimes do not match up with the sequence of events. The movie is bad as a whole. The music makes the movie dreadful, and that is not even mentioning incorrect historical content and small details that are not geographically correct, such as climate, licenses plates on cars, etc.
This movie has good and bad aspects just as all movies do, but prove to be the best adaptation of this story to date. The music is consistently brilliant throughout the film. The sets of the movie are brilliant and clearly took much time and effort to create. The cast of the movie clearly took the least amount of time. Many of the insignificant characters were played by actors that did not fit into the story. However, the singing roles were chosen with delicacy for obvious reasons. Emmy Rossum was the perfect actress for the role of Christine, along with Gerard Butler as Phantom. Most importantly, this movie deserves at least one re-watch and the movie appears just as good as the first watch, and appears just as enjoyable as the first watch. Despite this movie having very small mistakes, it is without doubt the best movie adaptation of Phantom of the Opera and perhaps one of the best musicals of the 21st century (so far).