Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Che: Part 1 ("The Argentine"); Che: Part 2 ("The Guerilla") (2008)

Director: Steven Soderbergh. Cast: Benicio Del Toro, Demian Bichir, Julia Ormond, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Lou Diamond Phillips, Franke Potente, Matt Damon. 269 min (total). Rated R. France/Spain/USA. Political/Historical.

Watching more than 4 hours about the life and times of Ernesto "Che" Guevara (first part in Cuba, second part in Bolivia) wasn't exactly boring, but I kept asking myself: Why did Soderbergh make this? Why such a grand effort? Del Toro (like always) does a fabulous job in portraying the world-renown guerrilla, but don't look at this as a history lesson. The complete absence of the people component in both the successful Cuban and the failed Bolivian "revolutions" is striking throughout both movie parts - but maybe that's the point. Maybe only arms/violence were the basic underlying mechanisms.

(PS: I loved the geography lesson at the beginning of each episode!)

Mo says:


  1. Well, on the contrary , I felt the movie a little boring ,unless we look at it as a total documentary and don’t expect any element of dramatization in the story for making it attractive . I mean after spending 4 hours , it was Really hard to imagine he had such as a monotone life, just being as a disciplined revolutionary partisan, constantly in hiding , running & fighting and nothing else , no any emotional happening , no woman , no family, no significant friendship, ….but Sodenburgh and perhaps 'Che' Guevara himself proved that this type of life exists !( although , it should be respected undoubtedly). Moreover knowing this fact that he was a doctor and practice medicine was interesting for me and agree that Benicio Del Toro does a fine job in this movie .

  2. I read somewhere last week that the only way to tolerate such a long movie, is to accept the movie documents the entire Cuban Revolution!

    When I know I'm dealing with a 4 hour long movie, I just sit back, relax, and wait for the story to unfold. No rush.