Thursday, December 09, 2004
The Motorcycle Diaries
Gael Garcia Bernal
Rodrigo de la Serna
Director: Walter Salles
In Spanish with English Sub-Titles
Gael Garcia Bernal and Rodrigo de la Serna
Unless you get pleasure from watching high speed car chases, buildings being blown up, and people being killed, this is a film that you will enjoy. After the end of the movie JHL and I remained in our seats for a few minutes, reluctant to leave.
The screen play was based on notes and diaries kept by Ernesto "Che" Guevara and his friend Alberto Granada during a trip across the South American continent in 1951-52. They began the journey on a 1939 Norton motor cycle. The motor cycle did not last long but they continued and finished their trip using any means of transportation that became available. Director Walter Salles did a superb job in bringing the story to screen. It was a treat to see the Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal as Che Guevara. Bernal has come a long way from his role as a college kid enamored with an older woman in "Y Tu Mama Tambien" (2001). Handsome, and can he act! Rodrigo de la Serna was perfect as the prankish, extrovert friend Alberto. Don't miss it.
"No form of art goes beyond ordinary consciousness as film does, straight to our emotions, deep into the twilight of the soul."