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.
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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.