Both uncomfortable and, well, kind of creepy, this 15-minute excerpt from Madonna’s one-time-only “Tears of a Clown” performance held during the “Rebel Heart Tour” is a downright unwatchable mess even at such a short running time. The entire performance is available to watch on Youtube and it surely represents one of the most unexpected moments from Madonna’s career, but based on this highlights reel it’s for dedicated die-hards only. Somewhere between carnival clown show and creepy burlesque, the show has Madonna telling awful jokes while dressed as a clown and singing old hits in new, stripped down arrangements, while her rapport with the audience is aggressive and rather off-putting. Let’s hope she goes back on her promise to make her future tours like this one, because it’s a pretentious waste of Madonna’s considerable talent.
Rating: ★ (out of 5)