SCREENS: Sunday 6 December at 9:30PM
LANGUAGE: Spanish (with English subtitles)
Ernesto 'Che' Guevara is at the absolute peak of his fame and power. Disappearing suddenly, Guevara subsequently resurfaces in Bolivia to organise a modest group of Cuban comrades and Bolivian recruits in preparation for the Latin American Revolution.
Just to bring you up to speed, it’s been seven years after Che’s triumph in Cuba. Che (Benicio Del Toro) winds up in Bolivia, where he tries to ignite the same revolutionary fire as that made the world look to Cuba. before . But, with the Bolivian army bolstered by CIA support, Che retreats into the jungle.
The BIG review
Does part two live up to expectations set by part one?
It’s always harder to get people to come back for a second dose. Often writers and directors use flashy effects to keep the attention of an audience and pay less attention to script and plot (in particular how audiences react to characters and plots).
By now the audiences are waiting on every cinematic moment that will determine the fate of the characters and the turning point is just about to be revealing “THE BIG REVEAL”.
So does the second part live up to the expectations of the Che One?
I think it is pretty close. Here’s why I think the writer and director have done well.
First, as you would recall in part one, Che’s character is a passionate people person who takes from the rich to give to the poor. The fact that Che was on America’s Most Wanted list, yet could continue to travel the world, is telling when it comes to his political and social persuasions.
With an amazing performance by Benicio Del Toro as Che in the first instalment, part two picks the story up seven years later with the plot set around his ruthless years as a politician in Cuba. We see how his global adventures lead him into the dense jungle, how he departed Cuba in 1967, and we learn of his subsequent death with American involvement.
Because of the seven year gap between the part one and two storylines, settling into part feels a little disjointed, and harder to follow and connect with. But you soon catch on and grow to enjoy the contrast between parts one and two.
I don’t know about you but I like complex characters, otherwise a film just becomes boring. Even though the writer and director didn’t give much insight into the mind of Che, I felt that this enigmatic approach drew me towards him more. In Part one, we came to know Che’s character well. But his character in part two, in which he is portrayed as the Robin Hood of Cuba, is a whole new man.
The overall performance of Benicio Del Toro was outstanding. I give Che Part Two a BIG revolutionary 4 Stars!