At the first glance, I actually didn’t know what the movie is about. But, only a day or 2 before, a friend of mine told me about a book called “motorcycle dairies” or some similar name, which was written by Che Guevera about his travels in Latin America and the way it changed his life after that. So, seeing this name, I thought this movie might be the same one made in to a movie. Ofcourse, on a bit of googling, i was confirmed.
Well, coming to the movie, it is a candid movie, devoid of all gimmicks and stuff. The first and foremost thing which attracted me was the natural beauty. I was just spellbound. Well before the feel of the actual story started sinking in, i fell in love with the nature and scenic beauty of Latin America 🙂 This does not mean that the storyline is not interesting. It was greatly touching. I was constantly taken back to the movie in these 2,3 days after watching it. Despite not knowing much about Che, I always liked him. “If you tremble with indignation against injustice, then you are my comrade” – this statement which I heard sometime back made me his fan since some time.
Che Guevera,an MD student and his friend,Alberto Granado,a bio-chemist start on a trip – to cover a distance of around 8000 Kms in four months, explore Latin America, which they knew only through books. This trip, on a old motor-bike ! quite ambitious! Well, It is believed that this trip changed the course of life of Che Guevera. During the trip, they come across the realities of Latin American life, the people, problems and life-style. Actually, there might be nothing much to talk about in this kind of movies, but, this is one of the most touching movies I have ever seen. This is one of the 3 movies which have inspired me a lot.
Che’s concern for people, especially at the leprosy home where he goes to work for a few weeks is really touching. The way the river seperates the lepers and the normal people – rather, people use the river for seperation is really thought-provoking. Everything in this movie is REAL. Nothing artificial. Perhaps, reality is harsh and sometimes boring too. Still, that is reality. This movie is capable of changing one’s way of thinking, seen in the right way. Well, I don’t mean everybody should become a revolutionary shouting Inquilab Jindabad. But, concern for mankind is something that is needed. This movie asserted my belief that “Humanity is God”.
Background score matched the mood of the movie. The screenplay was 99% real. Infact, I was imagining myself as either Che or Ernesto depending on who is on the scene at the moment, quite many times. I believe this is the quality of a good movie. It should take us with it. It had its element of fun too. The duo’s adventures with their bike should be seen to have a hearty laughter. This fellow who played Che – looked cute .. 🙂 . Whatever, this movie made me even more interested in Che. Hope some movie comes showing his life cycle fromErnesto Guevara de la Serna, the medico to the great Che Guevera …. Or if it has already come, or if u have seen any book, then, please drop a comment here about it please.