Sunday, March 30, 2014

Che! (1969)

How bad is it? The dialogue is terrible, it's oddly cast and the story meanders.
Should you see it? If you're desperate. It has a few laughs.

Che Guevara was a cult figure and this film has a small cult following, probably just for that reason. Omar Sharif plays the lead and it seems that he briefly remembers facets of his character and then accentuates them (the asthmatic wheezing especially comes and goes). The worst acting, however, goes to woefully miscast Jack Palance as Fidel Castro; he seems to be doing an impersonation of Marlon Brando doing an impression of Castro and even his makeup is laughable. The film has Che saying things like "the revolution can't live without the people and the people can't live without the revolution" in a monotone, to no one or telling peasants that they're too stupid to live... and then asking them for their help. The Bay of Pigs invasion is covered in one sentence. There's a scene where I found myself thinking, "Is he getting naked? Is he dying? Why is this scene even here?" It's that confusing throughout.

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