Today was “Che” day in New York City, as myself and a hundred or so other journalists spent from 10am to 4pm at the gorgeous Zeigfeld Theater (I’d never been). There was a 45 minute lunch, but still.. it was a lot to take in, especially for someone who a) has a short attention span, and b) had to get up at 7am to do an interview on the Upper East Side.
I survived, and was certainly impressed with Steven Soderbergh’s work. It was very well-made, and for someone who knows minimal info about Che, quite informative. As a historical artifact, it was pretty awe-inspiring. And I’ll note that I liked “Part Two” – particularly the last 30 minutes, the best, and that Benicio Del Toro is incredible . But I’ll be entirely honest: I may or may not have almost – I promise almost – fallen asleep on three different occasions. 262 minutes is a long time. And in the end, it felt more like an academic experience than a cinematic one. If that makes sense.
I was awake during the press conference after, though, and here’s five clips of Soderbergh (if you have shitty speakers, use headphones to watch them):