There is Che part 1 and Che part 2. Part 1 deals with the revolution in Cuba and part 2 deals with the failed revolution in Bolivia. There are mixed reviews. Some say its too long, others say if they want something engaging they would read a book, others say its an epic compared to Lawrence of Arabia. Ebert said it was amazing, and he is normally bang on (he is my favorite reviewer) Has anyone seen it during its limited run so far?
I see it as epic only due to its length. The subject matter is interesting and I’d sit through a 7 hour version because, to me, it’s fascinating. However the reviews of it being less of a biopic and more of a look at Che during these times are true. It plays it safe without going into him as a person. We get more insight into his character in The Motorcycle Diaries. Maybe if Terence Malick ended up doing the film as intended, we would get the tragic story that it should’ve been.
Also, for what the movie ended up being, it could’ve been a 2 1/2 hour film. For over 4 hours, I expected something phenomenal and this just wasn’t it. I liked the movie, but it had so much potential and just missed – I think because it was daring enough to choose a side and stick to it.
THE ARGENTINE is more political, only because it portrays him in NY and speaking at the UN. GUERILLA is more about the hardships he endured when failing to rally Bolivians to join his army. They touch upon their politics here and there when trying to convince the peasants to join, but he is a well loved and hated man. I’d like to have been persuaded to believe more in him, or hate him.
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