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Monique
Oct 18th, 2004, 02:04 PM
absolutely gorgeous, one of the most satisfying coming-of-age road movies in recent years. Gael Garcia Bernal's subdued performance makes you completely forget about the future political consequences of his legendary subject for great extends, but there is always a sense of awakeness and suspenseful urgency embedded in his eyes when they meet the daily struggle of South America's indigenous people. The New York Post even talks about a possible nod for Oscar's best actor, which is a little too early to conjecture upon.

Walter Salles, the director, managed to build a basically buddies road trip into a poetic declaration of love for social justice and fair equality. The black and white shots of South America's varied people and the arrival at Machu Picchu are some of the most beautiful images to grace movies screens since Hero. But opposite to the vibrant and explosive colours of the Chinese epic, the rugged landscape of The Motorcycle Diaries is almost always misty and hazy, as if perpetually seen under cloudy skies, probably mirroring the travelers' mood transformation. The movie is more about observation, awakening and learning, and as such, it has been accused of being too desultory and less revelatory by some critics, but it is a nice and smartly paced effort in showcasing one's life changing experience nonetheless.

M2k
Oct 18th, 2004, 02:44 PM
I was going to ignore this movie, but I might go see it after all :cool: What an inspiring review Monique.

going off topic for a bit...

Other great indie movies with a possible Oscar nod for their leading actor:

A Home at the End of the World.
Kinsey

Andy_
Oct 18th, 2004, 04:10 PM
absolutely gorgeous, one of the most satisfying coming-of-age road movies in recent years. Gael Garcia Bernal's subdued performance makes you completely forget about the future political consequences of his legendary subject for great extends, but there is always a sense of awakeness and suspenseful urgency embedded in his eyes when they meet the daily struggle of South America's indigenous people. The New York Post even talks about a possible nod for Oscar's best actor, which is a little too early to conjecture upon.

Walter Salles, the director, managed to build a basically buddies road trip into a poetic declaration of love for social justice and fair equality. The black and white shots of South America's varied people and the arrival at Machu Picchu are some of the most beautiful images to grace movies screens since Hero. But opposite to the vibrant and explosive colours of the Chinese epic, the rugged landscape of The Motorcycle Diaries is almost always misty and hazy, as if perpetually seen under cloudy skies, probably mirroring the travelers' mood transformation. The movie is more about observation, awakening and learning, and as such, it has been accused of being too desultory and less revelatory by some critics, but it is a nice and smartly paced effort in showcasing one's life changing experience nonetheless.'The Motorcycle diaries' is a very beautiful inspiring movie, and you mentioned an element that is so very true... Gael's eyes often speak for themselves, and it feels like by just watching those you get what's going through the young Che's mind while he's faced with the beauty of his continent. :worship:

upperkut
Oct 18th, 2004, 04:17 PM
I liked the movie, but I thought that it was indeed a little too light and nostalgic considering the subject... Steven Soderbergh is supposedly coming out with a movie with Benicio del Toro as el Che Guevara, which will be about Guevara's latest and revolutionary life path... Compared to ones like Shark Tale, Ladder 49 and Team America, the Motorcycle Diaries is by far one of the best new offerings out there...

Jeleno Benesovo
Oct 18th, 2004, 10:57 PM
A marvelous movie directed by brazilian Walter Salles (Central do Brasil). This movie portrays a young Che (Gael García Bernal) during its famous trip across latinoamerica where he discovered the social and cultural reality of the continent riding an old motorcycle accompanied by his best friend: Alberto Granado (Rodrigo De la Serna). This movie is about Che's youth, if you are looking for a movie with more political content and about the military campaigns lead by el Ché, then this movie is not for you. This film portrays an intimate aspect of Che's personality during his 20's: social sensibility, humanism, idealism and his love for freedom. This movie is not about the well known revolutionary leader but about the young Ernesto Guevara de la Serna (Che's real name) during a trip when he discovered the wonderful and very rich but often unfair reality from whole latinomaerica In which his latinamerican "brothers" were(are) immersed.

This is the life of a leader in the making but mainly this movie portrays the life of a sensitive young man who understood kilometer after kilometer that the life could and should be better for everybody.

you can't miss this movie if you are interested on ché's youth or if simply you are looking for a movie that portrays a reality from another times when idealist people had a place in this world.

I'll give 8 out of 10 for this movie, not a masterpiece (clearly It doesn't meant to be one) but a story efficiently told with great acting (Gael :worship: ) and pretty well directed and photographed. Definitively a "must see" movie.

Kuilli
Oct 18th, 2004, 11:23 PM
Oh, I have been thinking about watching it. Thanks for the reviews. :D

aliceb
Oct 19th, 2004, 05:59 PM
Yep, great movie, has to be seen on a big screen as the scenes shot in South America are fantastic I'm looking forward to that Soderbergh one now.