Che: Part One (The Argentine)
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On Nov. 26, 1956, Fidel Castro sails to Cuba with 80 rebels. One of those rebels is Ernesto "Che" Guevara, a young Argentine idealist and doctor who shares a common goal with Fidel Castro--to overthrow the corrupt dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista. Che proves himself an indispensable fighter, and quickly grasps the art of guerrilla warfare. As he throws himself into the struggle, Che is embraced by his comrades and the Cuban people. "The Argentine" tracks Che's rise in the Cuban Revolution, from doctor to commander to revolutionary hero.
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"Soderbergh has made two almost perfect war films, more like the Rings Trilogy than The Green Berets."
‑ Ruth Hessey, MovieTime, ABC Radio National
"In releasing this reverent, meticulous, fascinating but flaccid history in two lengthy parts, Soderbergh committed perhaps the greatest sin of all. He made Che boring."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"The myth somehow deserves better."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Soderbergh has no interest in sentimentality, or back story, or even really in Guevara's philosophy, except as a rigorously footnoted onscreen reflection. Practically rejecting outright the concept of poetic license, Che is radical as a biopic."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, DCist
"Those who have read something about this will get more out of the movies, but it's not compulsory. I saw both parts in one day and the experience was absorbing."
‑ Paul Byrnes, Sydney Morning Herald
"There is precious little in these movies to fill out our understanding of what it was that made Che a rebel, a leader of men, and the repository of the romantic dreams of several generations of armchair revolutionaries"
‑ Jonathan F. Richards, Film.com
"As absorbing as it is frustrating."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"The quality of the film is more than a testament to Mr Del Toro's acting skills, it is a reminder that Hollywood can make great films without 'selling out'."
‑ Mike Edwards, What Culture
"simultaneously a Hollywood throwback with its lengthy, four-and-a-half-hour roadshow grandiosity and a challenging experiment in genre reformulation"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"The Guevara portrayed here has humour but no irony: his commitment to the revolutionary ethos leaves little room for doubt, neurosis, or private loyalties of any kind."
‑ Jake Wilson, The Age (Australia)
"A potentially great title-role performance by Benicio Del Toro, which won him the best actor award at Cannes, is buried beneath Soderbergh's stylistic tics and a defiant lack of dramatic tension."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Che, the story of a failed revolutionary, also fails as a film."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"The director sees Guevara as a pure humanitarian. ... The films are excellent, but understanding this complex historical figure requires more than one source."
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
"Che is a ground-level study in perseverance."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"A major disappointment. Soderbergh has stripped the story of most of its drama and though Del Toro, who won Best Actor at Cannes last year, is very convincing as Che, this Spanish-language film almost seems like an anti-movie."
‑ David Stratton, At the Movies (Australia)
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