Director: Steven Soderbergh (Schizopolis, Out of Sight, Traffic, Bubble, Ocean’s 11-12-13, The Limey )
Story: Ernesto “Che” Guevara
Screenplay: Peter Buchman, Benjamin A. van der Veen
Producers: Steven Soderbergh, Laura Bickford, Benecio Del Toro
Starring: Benecio Del Toro, Demián Bichir, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Franka Potente, Joaquim de Almeida
MPAA Rating: R
Running time: 257 min.
PART ONE (The Argentine):
PART TWO (Guerrilla):
Presenting Che in a roadshow format is not only unorthodox in this day and age, but also refreshing and commendable. The roadshow presentation of course being reminiscent of how the epic films of sorts were presented in their day: overture, part one, intermission, part two, exit music and generally with no credits (a playbill in its stead – of which I did receive one). Of course, it would be much more commendable if Che were as deserving of praise as these movies of yesteryear: e.g. Gone with the Wind or Lawrence of Arabia.
Che is of course split into two parts (of which most of the movie going audience will have to pay twice and see them as two separate screenings). Part one takes place mostly in Cuba and begins with the mere conception of the revolution to overthrow the dictatorship and spans several year through the battles and to the ultimate victory; juxtaposing snippets of Guevara’s later years addressing the U.N. and an overall enveloping candid interview with a reporter (notably played by Julia Ormond). Part two takes place approximately ten years later in South America, specifically Bolivia. Che, as promised, has decided to continue his revolution against dictatorial governments and spread communism as far as he can push it. This time though, Guevara does not have the same support that he did in Cuba and of course he fails. Unfortunately, Part Two is also where the film nearly fails as well.
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