The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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The pair make a smug double act, but you can't fault them for charisma.
Fidel is up to everything Stone lobs gently at him, and even replies to the film-maker's rather crass philosophising, of which there is far too much.
In all, we get a better sense of who this guy is, a man who has spent more time on the international stage than any world leader today.
Even when he seems less than forthright, Castro rarely fails to come across as a genial, charismatic guy. But that might just be the magic of the movies.
An opportunity frustratingly squandered, but one which still makes for fascinating viewing thanks to Castro's natural charisma. Errol Morris would have nailed it.
The documentary that, according to HBO, isn't good enough for you to see.
Ultimately, Comandante feels like little more than a backslapping love-in.
While it's fascinating to get Castro's perspective on things like the Bay of Pigs invasion, the missile crisis, US intervention in Latin America and the Cold War, we can't help but feel that Stone is bending this documentary for his own personal interest.
As it would have probably taken another 30 hours to prise out more substantial detail from the man, you have to give Stone credit where it is due.
While it's fascinating to get Castro's perspective ... we can't help but feel that Stone is bending this documentary for his own personal interest.
Stone should be justifiably proud, for he has crafted a compulsive piece of cinema.
The result is a candid portrait, if not a multisided one, of a man whom the Western world has perhaps known little about other than his beard, his fatigues, his cigars.
Fidel Castro wears Nike trainers & Oliver Stone looks like Saddam Hussain
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