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The Motorcycle Diaries August 18, 2006

Posted by ujj in Mood: serious, Reviews, Screenings.


A 23 year old medicine student moves out to discover the world on a banged up bike with his friend. The film follows the development of the young man’s political views and the making of perhaps the most iconic revolutionary figure of the latter half of the 20th century. The young man was Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara.

The film does not barrage you with political ideas or theories; it grows on you, soaking you up. That is exactly the way such movies ought to be. Beautiful cinematography and the background score (won Oscar for Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song) adds to the atmosphere. Acting is first rate. Garcia Bernal after ‘Amores Perros’ lives up to expectations portraying ‘Che’ in an understated yet powerful performance. The supporting cast also performs admirably.

It’s easy to get preachy in a film like this. But Walter Salles (the director) doesn’t get carried away. You ought not to miss this one. Also, grab the book (of the same name) from the library.

Review by: oranjee



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