16 January 2009

Revolutionary Tool

My first reaction when I heard about Steven Soderbergh's four-hour-plus biopic of revolutionary poster boy Che Guevara: "Well, this is going to suck." Here's one reviewer who actually bothered to sit through it before coming to the same conclusion: Che A Bloated Biopic.

The New Yorker's Anthony Lane is a bit more even-handed (I'd describe it as charitable) in his treatment, and also delivers the better line: "I am aware that Marxist doctrine demands that combatants subsume their individual selves in the common cause of defeating imperialism, and that may well be the key to guerrilla warfare, but is it also a helpful way to run a movie?"

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