Friday, February 6, 2009

Box Office Review - Che: Part One - The Argentine Che: Part Two - The Guerrilla

Che Guevara is a name that will always cause controversy, and this film does justice to his name without out making him seem like a saint or a monster. Part One takes place during the Cuban revolution, and edited in are scenes from Che’s visit to the UN. The Argentine shows a revolution that is supported by the people, has fighters that are willing to die for the cause and in the end there is a victory. Part two takes place in Bolivia. Fidel Castro is getting comfortable in Cuba while Che is trying to bring his revolution to countries in Latin America. The Guerrilla shows the complete opposite of the revolution in Cuba. The public do not support the fighting. The fighters are unmotivated and will leave at the first sign of hardship. Both parts of the film are great in their different ways. First thing that is noticed is the cinematography. Part one is shot in 2.35:1 aspect ratio while part two is shot in a ratio of 1.85:1. This is supposed to show the way that the world is closing in around Che over time. Some scenes in part two appear like they were shot by a 1960s television crew and this adds a sense of realism to the film. Part one has great battle scenes in it and they were shot very well making the audience feel like they were actually part of the battle, some of the best I have ever seen. The whole film is rather slow, especially the second part, but I felt that this gave the film extreme tension seeing as the viewer knows that things are not going as well in Bolivia as they were in Cuba. For the general film goer I feel that this is the major hindrance of the film. If one does not know or care who Che Guevara was I would find it hard to think that anyone like that would be willing to sit through the roughly four hours and twenty minutes of the feature. Taking a chance though will give the viewer an amazing look into the life of a man whose life and the things he did will be debated for years to come.

A Gold Banana

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