Che: Part One (The Argentine)

Rating – **1/2

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I found Che to be a strangely empty experience. There is nothing especially bad in the film but almost nothing to engage with either. There’s still Part Two on the way, but so far it looks like Soderbergh has let this potential masterpiece become an impenetrable bloated mess. With a more ruthless approach in the edit suite surely the whole thing could have fit into a two hour running time?

Benicio Del Toro is certainly a flawless physical match for Ernesto and everything he does on camera is great. Yet bizarrely he never gets any standout moment to demonstrate exactly why we should be so impressed with this role. That’s not his fault; it’s the almost contrived insistence of Soderbergh to make everything understated. The result is a film with no clear structure. It just begins then merely plods on for what feels like much longer than two hours. If you could represent the film via graph, it would be a featureless straight line. Watch glancing and lazy eyes are highly likely. Somehow I feel sorry for Del Toro. I read an interview recently and he really put his heart and soul into this project. Hopefully Part Two will feel more complete.

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~ by thewholebuffalo on July 19, 2009.

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