The first half of Steven Soderbergh’s ode to revolutionary Che Guevara covered the Cuban Revolution, touched on his relationship with Fidel Castro and Castro’s brother Raul.
Part Two plants Che in Bolivia in 1966. This revolution suffers from poor planning, lack of flexibility by the Marxist and is a disaster that leads to his execution.
It’s what Soderbergh skips that makes the entire project so controversial. He pushes the noble, heroic warrior seeking truth and justice for the poor and oppressed. We see Che as a hero who bravely faces death and who left an important legacy.
Soderberg scoots over Che’s fascinating political period from 1960 to 1966 in a short series of tantalizing black and white flashbacks. We are privy to Che the critic of the West, but miss Che the administrator, Che the inflexible, Che the executioner.
Though his detailed exploration of the Bolivian disaster is accurate, a Che: Part 2 as a deeper exploration of the real man makes a much better movie.
Mr. Movie rating: 4 stars
Rated R for violence, mature themes, language. It opens on Friday, April 17 at the Carmike 12.
5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.
2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself.