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.
...por momentos a veces no puede evitar endiosarlo un poco. Eso no quiere decir que el personaje no presente contrastes y contradicciones, que si las hay. Sino que a veces esos aspectos que lo humanizan se notan un poco forzados y llaman la atención. De todas maneras la película (esta primera parte por lo menos) está muy, pero que muy recomendada.
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.
Based on Ernesto Guevara's writings, Steven Soderbergh's CHE:PART ONE tells the 1957-1959 long march of the Castrist guerilla in the Cuban countryside. This is a good educational movie for all those who are not specialists of the Cuban revolution. Let's hope that the second part will be more cinematic.
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.