Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Star (2001)

Genre Short film Director Guy Ritchie Cast Madonna, Clive Owen, Michael Beattie, Troy Aguayo

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Madonna gave a lengthy dissertation of her name's inception. "Everyone I know calls me M. Madge is a press thing in England. I heard two versions where it came from. One is that Madge is an English colloquialism, like a name that would suit a housewife, which is the opposite of who I am. The other is that it's short for majesty. I like that one better."

No one, of course, was surprised when she played a bratty, petulant pop royalty in
Guy Ritchie's 10-minute short film for BMW, Star. "Coffee!" she shrieks. "I WANT MY COFFEE!"

She's in town for a red carpet engagement and she's
running late. "If you keep your eyes on the road instead of on me, we might be getting somewhere," she sneers at her driver (Clive Owen). "I'm gracing this armpit of a town for one night. If you think I'm gonna know the name of the venue in El Arm-Pitto, you're sadly mistaken. Take me wherever!" she barks.

"Let me see what I can do... sir," says her driver.

"Get me out of here!" she screams.

"Madam," he replies, looking at her in the eye. "I'm
going to give you the ride of your life."

He keeps his promise and gives her something she'll
never forget. With Blur's "Song 2" playing in the background, their car swerves, overtakes other vehicles and zooms past the speed limit.

"You just hang on tight, sir!" he shouts, as he
turns the BMW M5 near the sidewalk, sending his passenger slamming against the door. "We'll get you there safely, sir!"

Star is your typical Guy Ritchie movie: brash, funny
and immensely entertaining. It's funny how Clive keeps calling Madge "sir" while she's being thrown sideways inside the M5. The look of glee in his face tells me that he's not acting nor pretending. I don't blame him. For some reason, it's comforting to see
Madonna get mauled in the backseat of a BMW M5.

To view the film, click here.