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  • I had read a few reviews of the movie “Che” starring Benicio Del Toro, and most of them complained that it was too long at over 4 hours, and that it dragged on and was not interesting enough to hold the viewers’ attention for that long
  • Once I sat down to watch it, I found that this DVD is labeled ‘part one’ of two, so it is only 2 hours, and that of course, will silence the critics that this movie is too long

    • by Jessie Bahrey
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      I had read a few reviews of the movie “Che” starring Benicio Del Toro, and most of them complained that it was too long at over 4 hours, and that it dragged on and was not interesting enough to hold the viewers’ attention for that long. The other night I rented the DVD, as I am a huge fan of anything autobiographical, and in particular, of anything about Che Guevara, who I have always found to be a fascinating historical figure. Once I sat down to watch it, I found that this DVD is labeled

      ‘part one’ of two, so it is only 2 hours, and that of course, will silence the critics that this movie is too long.

      I was interested to see if the sub-titles were well done, as I find that sometimes they can be distracting. I also wanted to see how close to the facts it remained, and if the setting was authentically Cuban, as I have been there 3 times. I also wanted to see if it held my attention. Well, it did. I knew Benicio Del Toro would be one of the very few actors ...


      • who could pull off playing Che, not just because he is Spanish and a great actor, but because he has always had the ability to portray complicated characters with many layers to their personalities. He did it flawlessly.

        This part of the movie takes us from the planning stages of the revolution, when Che and Fidel Castro first met and began their life-long friendship, up until just before the revolutionaries invaded Havana. It develops the various characters enough without becoming monotonous and the setting is very authentically Cuba, right down to the wrought-iron windows on the

        colourfully painted houses, and the dense forest and mountains (I found out that this part was filmed in Mexico, but it looks very much like Cuba). This film also manages not to romanticize Che and the other freedom fighters too much, which is sometimes easy to do-it portrays them as having very passionate, kind sides as well as being ruthless in their ambitions and goals. It is a very fair and accurate portrayal of the people and the events, and even non-Che fans will appreciate this movie.

        I am very much looking forward to part two.




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