Che

Che

Yes, there are many books, essays, articles, and poems written about Che Guevara's life. So, how about a movie portrayal?

When I first saw the movie Che, parts 1 and 2, I was taken by the location, the cinematography, Benicio del Toro's performance, and the screenplay. We pretty much understand Che's legacy. What was intriguing about the movie, aside from the portrayal's of Che's life, is how the cinematographers captured the richness of the land. The hardships of a revolutionary's life embedded in fighting for the soil beneath their feet. Benicio del Toro gives a stunning and powerful performance in his portrayal of Che and has an uncanny resemblance to the Argentinean. We begin to respect and wonder about the real Che Guevara's public and private life then care for him.

Che, part 2 was a little more difficult to watch, well, we know he didn't die a peaceful death. The lens captures the dry harsh Bolivian landscape which doesn't easily lend itself to a revolutionary movement whose fuel is dependent on the earth. Again, del Torro's performance is complete as he portrays Che's revolutionary career closing in on him just as the gulch and militia closed in on him when he was captured.