I’m voting the latter myself.
Steven Soderbergh’s two-film, four-hour biopic Che could hardly be called a small-scale undertaking. But the director insists that to help build his portrait of the famous revolutionary Che Guevara, he “wasn’t looking for big stuff.”
Instead, Soderbergh wanted quiet moments — like “when [Che] is asked if he wants any powder on his face before he goes on TV, and he says no,” Soderbergh says. “Then he sees someone else getting powder and he says, ‘Yes, I’d like a little.’ ”
These moments, Soderbergh tells NPR’s Melissa Block, bring a larger-than-life figure back down to scale — even though some critics have argued that by glossing over certain episodes, the director has glorified a controversial figure.
Those “certain episodes” like the mass murder of thousands, perhaps millions, of freedom-loving Cubanos?
Four hours? Four-freaking-hours? I can’t figure out if Soderbergh was so in love with his own stuff he just couldn’t cut it any more; or if Benicio Del Toro wanted more screen time. I think what really tells the tale is how this “Limited Engagement In Theatres” has already progressed to “Pay Per View” in less than four weeks.
Nope. no plans to see it, really.