I enjoyed the overall film more than you did, but after reading your criticisms I can't help but wonder what the film would be if allowed a longer running time. Certainly many of the things you mention could have been explored in interesting ways, and perhaps were in another cut of the film. From reading the Film Comment interview with Soderbergh it sounds as if a great deal of the film was left on the floor.
I read the same interview, and you're right, some longer cut would be really interesting. Like much of Soderbergh's work, I like him on paper more than I do in practice. In this case, I can totally appreciate what he was going for while not loving what he ultimately came up with. Che was a huge flop, and I'm probably one of the few people who genuinely love it, but I can't help but think about an epic four hour film about a world-wide pandemic. The possibilities! I feel like we ultimately got some studio approved compromise, i.e. money men insisting on not alienating the audience. Thanks for stopping by Nick.
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