Che: Part 2 (2008) – Movie Review

Che Guevara gets old and so does his rhetoric.

Editorial / ,

9 November 2009


4 of 5

Che: Part 2

In this second part to Sodderberg’s Che biopic, we follow our beloved Che as he moves from Cuba to the South American continent where he attempts to sow the seeds of rebellion amongst the pobres of Bolivia. Benicio Del Toro is again excellent in his portrayal of Che Guevara. He is an amazing actor and was completely believable.

In part two, Che’s revolutionary fervor gets old. As he tires so does his rhetoric. The dreams of armed revolution as a means of fomenting change amongst the masses soon seem asĀ  grandiose as a child’s wish to be king. Applying the model of the Cuban revolution in Andean Bolivia didn’t work and the result is a sad end to a character Sodderberg made endearing in Che: Part 1.

Che’s excursions into the Bolivian countryside reeked of a boy scout outing when the scale of such an audacious campaign required a bona-fide armies. I still felt for the guy. Most anyone who critically reads Marx’s Capital has to accept that capitalism creates certain inherent systematic inequalities. I for one find some of these inequalities immoral. However I may feel about the need to ameliorate the plight of those less fortunate, I can not agree with Che’s methods – or at least the methods depicted in this film. In the end, the revolutionaries take on a parasitic role that prey on the very people they originally aimed to help.


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