After watching the film, I couldn't decide if I had just watched a difficult, unweildy classic, or if I had watched a by-the-numbers mess. After listening to Soderburgh's interviews on dsic 3, I can only conclude that this movie was a vanity project by Del Toro, and a cash grab for Soderburgh.
There are moments of brilliance in this film, but they are few and far between. Other reviewers for the Criterion Edition noted that the fiom is 4.5 hours of people sitting in the jungle, and that is largely what it is. Soderburgh offers NO perspective on Che, and oddly enough, Del Toro is rarely on-screen. That being said, when Del Toro is on screen, he does a haunting depiction of Che, probably about as good as could be expected.
Soderburgh shot this entire film with the new handheld RED Camera, and it's an interesting stylistic choice. The colors have a subdued tone, but with vivid detail. It is in stark contrast to the stylistic blue washed Defiance, and works to draw you in to the film, as if it were a documentary.
I really got the feeling that Soderburgh dropped the ball with this film. I think to make a movie on such a polarizing figure as Che, you have to have an opinion, or at the very least, you should include the controversial aspects of his life.