Motorcycle Diaries

21 01 2011

Rating: R

Runtime: 2 hr. 8 min.

Rotten Tomatoes: 7.5/10, 84%

Many people already know that Motorcycle Diaries is a great film. It has been nominated for and received many awards. It’s an inspiring tale about how Ernesto “Che” Guevara learns about the world of South America outside of his wealthy family from Argentina.

What I found most likable about the film, however, is how Che is portrayed not in his revolutionary garb or even as one who would become so. Instead, he is shown to be a young honest man in his twenties who is trying to figure out what he wants to do with is life, loves flirting with women, and is self-absorbed with his grand idea to throw off his wealth and travel around the continent for a year with his friend on a motorcycle. Then, just as life gives us unexpected turns, Che discovers that there is more to life.

Maybe the movie depicts him a little too well for those who tend to think ill of the Cuban revolution and the others in which he took part. But just like Che had to change his mindset to grasp a more honest view of the world, the film forces us to open our minds to a different side of this revolutionary.

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