|Title:||Che: Part Two|
Other Movies Seen By This Director (12)
- Behind the Candelabra
- Che: Part One
- The Good German
- The Informant!
- Logan Lucky
- Magic Mike
- Ocean's Thirteen
- Ocean's Twelve
- Side Effects
|11.10.18||DVD||This Screening is part of event: DVRfest 2018|
Huh. These/this was pretty good. It's harder than I thought to think of this as one singular movie. Not only are they separated by time and location but also the visual look and style of each film are different (not to mention getting two entries in imdb). I think maybe half of these notes belong on the other entry, but I watched them together so for this time my feelings about them are also together.
It's much harder to make a movie about losing that people will like. I'm not sure if the Bolivian movie can stand on its own without the Cuban movie to invest you. It's also interesting how much of a war movie both of these are. I was really expecting more biopic-ishness, but you don't really learn much about Che's childhood or anything like that. I guess his worldview and personal code are the things he's known for today and those manifest in his actions in war so in a certain sense this tells the tale without having to overexplain.
Benicio did great. I'm not sure what will serve as his best performance, but he killed it here. There are also other recognizable faces that pop up every once in a while, more in the second film than first, but mostly I was there with the revolucion. In the first film, I felt like Soderbergh couldn't help but look to Oliver Stone for inspiration, especially with the non-combat stuff like the interview and the UN, but maybe that's just because JFK and Nixon hold a monopoly on 60s-era politics films for me. That and the different film "stock" (I'm guessing they are just different filters that the video is run through these days?) but it's hard to credit Stone with that when Soderbergh also did it to great effect in Traffic.
What feels like long notes for a long movie. I liked this. It certainly held my attention for all 4-ish hours. I certainly had an easier time getting through it versus Tales of Hoffman, and now that it's over I'm glad the dice decided this because I probably wouldn't have ever sat down and watched it otherwise which would be a shame.
So that does it for the Criterion Random Roll and for Day Two of the fest. Day 3 will start with a double feature of documentaries that I have on the shelf.