I think of both films as one, each a half of a whole. It's a truly Marxist film, both halves exist together as a dialectical contradiction in dialog with the other. One depicts a successful revolution, the other a failure. They are both meant to be analyzed & compared against each other in what they represent. While one can find different meanings in what each half represents, the humanity of Che is the same in both.
When you get a film of this length, (especially about Che Guevara) it's sometimes better to make it into a tv series. While it does focus on the two major events I'm still missing out on the inner political matters and how oppressed the people were under a dictatorship regime that Che was fighting against. The landscape and fire fights are beautifully shot but some dialogue now and again wouldn't have hurt things.
Possibly Soderbergh's most ambitious project that is fairly difficult to approach as a spectator. Both an expansive historical account, and an attempt to remain objective in the politicised characterisation of Che. For versatile audacity alone it deserves credit, but sit through this epic for study rather than entertainment. Del Toro is resplendent, and probably more familiar as Che than Bernal.
Good film but it does not portray Che in the best light. He seemed to have a romantic view of Guerilla warfare. He was a doctor but, in the film at least, he immediately demands to be a Guerilla once another doctor came along. I feel that he could have contributed a lot more acting as a doctor as Fidel and Che didn't seem to have a clear idea of how the government would be won after Batista was ousted.