Madonna gives the performance of her career as Argentina’s most powerful woman, Eva Peron, in this scintillating adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s hugely successful 1970s stage musical.

After pleading for years to star in the movie version, Madonna pulled off a major acting coup, and won a Golden Globe for it.

Inspired director Alan Parker does the story full justice, with lavish visuals and stunningly orchestrated crowd scenes. The film begins blindingly well, and though it dips after half an hour or so, largely sustains this inspiration and momentum.

The songs are glorious throughout, beautifully handled by Madonna, while Antonio Banderas and Jonathan Pryce are ideal in the other star roles as Ché Guevara and Juán Peron.

A plush, impressive musical treat.