The Meaning of Life is 42 (jpster) wrote in culture_geeks,
The Meaning of Life is 42

A must see: The Motorcycle Diaries

Last night I went to see what was one of the best movies I've seen this year: "The Motorcycle Diaries", directed by Walter Salles. The last movie I saw of him was "Central Station", which was also amazing.

Here's the synopsis, taken from the official website:

In 1952, two young Argentines, Ernesto Guevara and Alberto Granado, set out on a road trip to discover the real Latin America. Ernesto is a 23-year-old medical student specializing in leprology, and Alberto, 29, is a biochemist. The film follows the young men as they unveil the rich and complex human and social topography of the Latin American continent.

Based on the journals of both Alberto Granado and the man who would later become “El Che,” The Motorcycle Diaries follows a journey of self-discovery, tracing the origins of a revolutionary heart.

I've nothing much to comment on really - you just got to see it. The scenery is simply breathtaking, including gorgeous footage of Argentina, Chile, Venezuela and Peru. It will make you want to quit your job or school and just take off on a road trip! The acting is flawless and utterly convincing, for all the cast involved. Gael Garcia Bernal (who plays Guevara) is a superstar as far as I'm concerned. He's got the looks (trust me, well more than enough of it!), AND serious acting skills. It's probably a matter of time before he crosses over into the American market, but personally, I'd rather he not. It's so exciting to have these great foreign actors that do great movies without ever stepping into the Hollywood limelight. He is starring in the next Pedro Almodovar movie, which is coming out this year, and I can barely wait for it! I really loved how Gael interpreted his character: romantic, idealistic, altruistic, almost withdrawn, but always highly observant of the social conditions around him, and the people involved in it. There is a good chemistry between him and his partner Rodrigo de la Serna (Granado) and you don't doubt for an instant the sincerity of their emotions.

The movie left me with a very strong impression. It made me think about what I am currently doing in life right now and about the choices that I have made, and that I have yet to make. It make me think about my place in this world. About social-political conditions. About how we often forget how diverse the people on this earth are, ensconced as we are in the safety of our homes and daily routine...

Well, it really made me think.
And also left with me a impression of great beauty.

I don't know much about the Che, so perhaps those who know about him and his life will have a different view of this movie. I went to the bookstore and bought the actual diaries from which the movie was based.

This movie is a must-see!!!
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