Daring in its refusal to make the socialist leader into an easy martyr or hero, Che paints a vivid, naturalistic portrait of the man himself (with a stunning performance by Benicio del Toro), from his overthrow of the Batista dictatorship to his 1964 trip to the end of his short life.
It was hard to tackle a project like this, and for many reasons. There´re probably very few characters as controversial as the present one, mythologized as a hero by some and a terrorist and tyrant 4 another. Faced with a challenge of such dimensions, the position of Soderbergh seems the only possible from a clear commitment to false appearance of ambiguity.
Del Toro's work is impressive.
Much more documentary style than I was expecting, but still terrific. Very much liked the switching between revolution and United Nations. Glad I saw Motorcyle Diaries first (although not of course linked film-wise), Looking forward to Che Part 2 later this week.
guevara is still as divisive as ever and regardless of what one may think of his political beliefs or practices he still remains a fascinating figure. very similar to a documentary it follows the liberation of cuba from batista's regime (thankfully avoiding a hand-held camera to make it more "real") and his un talk (opting for nice black and white sequences) combining it into a very solid and interesting movie.
The black and white sequences, set a few years after the events taking place in the film, serve as a nice way of transitioning through the story. The film itself is very colorful and in a way or other, rather happy. Seeing as things go their way at the end, one can only be reminded of the truth that the current dictatorship in Cuba is all about. It's very well made, making it the stronger of the two films.