Soderbergh's ambitious, generally straightforward, and overlong biography of iconic revolutionary, Argentinian-born Ernesto "Che" Guevara. It starts with Che (Del Toro) meeting Fidel Castro (Bichir) in 1955 and then moves through the Cuban revolution, Che's speech at the United Nations, his desire to spread Marxism in Central and South America, and his fatal misadventures in Bolivia. Released as both a single film (with an intermission) and in two parts: "The Argentine" and "Guerrilla." Soderbergh seems determined not to be overly-dramatic, but instead he's boring and Del Toro's Che (though a fine performance) seems almost a bystander to his own story. English and Spanish with subtitles.
Before we get started, because it's opening here in Chicago as one film and it is useless to see one without the other, Steven Soderbergh's Che will be reviewed and discussed as one experience, even though each half will be mentioned, as they clearly have different dramatic purposes. Having said ...Read More