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Critic Reviews for Chevolution
Zippy enough, if a little meandering, and spends equal time on the man and the myth.
The pic comes off as too scattershot to do anything but skim the questions it raises about the nature of the image as spiritual beacon and corporate logo.
The Cannes Che, probably a film no one will see again, is a big, sprawling, ambitious mess. It's less a grand-opera mess than a beautifully constructed machine whose parts don't all quite work together.
A history of Guevara that not only succeeds in avoiding either blind lionization or reactionary condemnation, but that looks at him via the lens through which we most often see him: a single iconic photograph.
A genuinely interesting film about a photograph that still, after 50 years, continues to haunt and intrigue us.
A tight, energetic documentary.
Audience Reviews for Chevolution
Interesting attempt to explore the phenomenon of Che Guevara from a different angle. Chevolution is trying to track the legendary revolutionary's life, right from the early stages to his meeting with Fidel Castro leading to his association with the Cuban revolution and his interactions with photographer Alberto Korda, whose photograph made Che an icon. It is said to be the most reproduced photo in the world! I have to say that I was a little bit disappointed. I was one of the lucky ones who visited the Che Mausoleum in Santa Clara in Cuba and his life was much richer than you could see from this documentary. Yes, there is interesting inquiry on how the revolutionary, who lived his life for social justice, was converted to an icon stamped on beer bottles, and there are few interviews of Che admirers like Sinn Fein, president Gerry Adams, and actor Antonio Banderas but there was no in depth study of who is Ernesto "Che" Guevara. The documentary was more interested what has the photo of him, taken at a funeral for victims of an explosion in Cuba's Havana Harbor, come to mean... My favourite part in the Chevolution was a statement of an American man wearing a T-shirt with Che's image: "Isn't he the guy who invented mojitos?" I'd like to say: this movie is made for people like that!
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