Fidel (2002)

"Bad"

Fidel (2002) Review


A sentimental and suprisingly pro-Castro docudrama, Fidel is a completely one-sided love letter to Fidel Castro, overlooking decades of near-terror-level dictatorship of the country.

At 140 minutes long, it will try the patience of even the most dedicated viewer. The first half of the film follows Castro the protester, with long scenes in back rooms discussing his politics and unhappiness with then President Batista. Then long scenes as he plans a coup. Then a short bit of action as he completes the coup. Then long scenes as emerging dictator (mostly in back offices, planning and scheming).

The movie comes together about as homogeneously as cole slaw, a jumble of fist-bashing politics, junta training, and scenes of Castro's growing beard and obsession with cigars. His personal life, as wife (or girlfriend, I couldn't tell) eventually dies, is also explored with equal disregard for any real drama, instead lingering on a lengthy death scene, her only scene of any real substance in the film.

Victor Huggo Martin brings as much as could be expected to the role of the enigmatic Castro. But it's the dreadful script and plodding direction that make Fidel such a dog. Even in the end, when it's obvious that socialism has failed due to Castro's simple inability as a leader, the movie even tries to give him an out, tying his wife's death to the downfall of the Cuban economy.

Lame stunt, just like this movie.



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