May 21, 2008

"Che" Marathon Divides Cannes Critics...

The four-hour, eighteen minute long screening of Steven Soderbergh's long awaited 'Che' Guevara biopics (The Argentine + Guerrilla) just finished its Cannes presentation to a very mixed reaction (reviews for Del Toro have still been solid).

Variety's Anne Thompson:

"A folly." "A mess." "Great." These words came from some of the critics coming out of Steven Soderbergh's four-hour 18 minute Spanish-language Che Wednesday night. At the end there was slight applause; no boos. My own description: noble failure.

Todd McCarthy:

No doubt it will be back to the drawings board for "Che," Steven Soderbergh's intricately ambitious, defiantly non- dramatic four-hour eighteen-minute presentation of scenes from the life of revolutionary icon Che Guevara. If the director has gone out of his way to avoid the usual Hollywood biopic conventions, he has also withheld any suggestion of why the charismatic doctor, fighter, diplomat, diarist and intellectual theorist became and remains such a legendary figure; if anything, Che seems diminished by the way he's portrayed

And Jeff Wells has (positive) buzz to share:

The second half of Che, also known as Guerilla, just got out about a half-hour ago, and equally delighted although it's a different kind of film -- tighter, darker (naturally, given the story). But I've been arguing with some colleagues who don't like either film at all, or don't think it's commercial. Glenn Kenny and Kim Voynar feel as I do, but Anne Thompson is on the other side of the Grand Canyon. Peter Howell is in the enemy camp also.

What do you think? Another contender out?


  1. Tough one.

    I read around, and many believe that it should not be released as is. moreover, they generally conclude that it should be edited. so i'm not sure how to feel about it. the fact that its been pushed back before, signals that the film probably needs a little work. if you add the mixed reviews, im guessing it may need a little work. considering the extent of the edited, it might still be a contender.

  2. I think even if the film itself is less than fantastic, Del Toro still has a fine shot at a Best Actor nomination, just because of the size and scope of the role.

    I hope editing helps, because I've been really looking forward to this one.