Is Steven Soderbergh‘s Che “an unreleasable dud in its current form? Or is it ‘virile, muscular filmmaking,’ as Peter Bradshaw wrote in The Guardian?
“Guess what: It’s both. Based on trade journal reports and on-screen evidence, Soderbergh’s massive undertaking wasn’t really ready for Cannes. The director barely made the deadline, and you can tell. The result is a shaggy beast — maddening, incomplete, the work of a historical ironist who has no taste or interest in conventional biography.
“Another American competitor, director Clint Eastwood‘s Changeling, is severe ’20s-style pulp [that’s] guided by a fearsomely committed performance by Angelina Jolie. But Che is the more interesting work. It is defiantly non-dramatic as well as a commercial impossibility. And it√É¬¢√¢‚Äö¬¨√¢‚Äû¬¢s the most vital work Soderbergh has done in years.” — from a 5.23 Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune piece.