Brazilian director Walter Salles Jr. follows up the Golden Globe-nominated Behind the Sun with this filmed adaptation of Argentinian-born Cuban revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara's journals of the same name. The Motorcycle Diaries stars Gael García Bernal (Y Tu Mamá También, Amores Perros) as a young, pre-revolution Guevara, a 23-year-old medical student in 1952 traveling across South America on a motorcycle with his friend Alberto Granado (Rodrigo de la Serna), who co-wrote the source material. As they embark on their journey, both young men come of age and find their individual world views broadened farther than they ever expected. The Motorcycle Diaries premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi
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This was a beautiful and inspirational movie about a life-changing trip. It's funny how travel will open your eyes to the world. I am not terribly educated regarding the life and activities of Che, but this story of his early life opens your eyes to the suffering of the indigenous people of South America. You truly feel the anger and rage that would change the young Che into the revolutionary he became.
This was a beautifully filmed and well executed movie. The acting was top notch. The story follows the diaries of Che Guavara and his friend Alberto Granado when they were in their 20s back in 1952 and took "The Mighty One", an old beat up motorcycle and began a journey across South America. How they and their thoughts and feelings change during that journey through the events they lived and people they met along the way, including the leper colony in the Amazon where they both volunteered is what the movie is all about. The Special Features are wonderful as well - in particular the interview with Alberto Granado his friend he traveled with who is shown with his wife and children & grandchildren as he is today is the cherry on the cake on this DVD. I cannot review this without also mentioning the wonderful soundtrack..just perfection. I would highly recommend this movie to all.
This is a story that should leave the viewer thinking long after the movie ends. The movie is very entertaining but it also provides insight into a major figure in the 20th century through solid storytelling and acting. Very good.