Don’t be fooled.
Madonna’s DVD/CD combo “I’m Going To Tell You A Secret” isn’t groundbreaking, rather it’s a promotional ploy to get you to fork over 300 bucks to see her strut her stuff live in concert.
And it works.
Madonna’s never been in the legion of vocalists like Cyndi Lauper, Mariah Carey and Celine Dion, but she’s an easy sell when it comes to elaborate theatrical productions, which the DVD for “Secret” wisely, but intermittently, flaunts.
That’s what makes the DVD a disappointment. Although it’s cleverly and artistically filmed, the documentary only teases the audience with snippets of “Mother and Father,” “Music,” “American Life” and “Vogue” from her Re-Invention Tour last year.
The intimate DVD follows Madonna on her tour, through the states and other countries, as she hires dancers, rehearses, discusses religion and shows that even a veteran uber-diva can get stage jitters. The documentary, which has aired on MTV and Logo, is a fascinating look into Madonna’s life on the road, but it’s also overly long for casual fans, clocking in at over two hours.
It’s at the end of the tiresome trip when Madonna sings John Lennon’s “Imagine,” a visually stunning, although aurally mediocre cover, that seesaws between images of suffering children and teary-eyed audience members.
The accompanying 14-track live album would’ve been more successful had the entire show been included. Although some of the songs – a cooled down version of “Like a Prayer” – are enticing, and the older classics like “Holiday” and “Into the Groove” are given a winning facelift, this “Secret” is better left untold.
Don’t be fooled.