How is it possible to feel nostalgia for a world I never knew?,
This review is from: The Motorcycle Diaries [DVD] (DVD)To the reviewer who posed the question of whether I would have preferred half an hour of this magnificent film to have ended up on the cutting room floor, I can give an emphatic reply: absolutely not! I loved every second and could have carried on watching for longer, days if necessary!!
I was never bored for a moment, ironic given my self-acknowledge low boredom threshold. Why? Everywhere you look there is beauty: for starters, the sheer scale and grandeur of the breathtaking Patagonian scenery in recreating this epic journey, which during the final scenes where the hero swims a river never before swum to get to the leper colony reminded me in some small measure of Werner Herzog's madcap adventures in the Amazon. In the creation, the director, cast and crew have made a cherished dream of a road movie. Witness the gorgeous cinematography, the finely-judged script and the excellent performances from every member of the cast. Even the 1939 Norton 500 bikes used were lovingly restored.
And as the film meanders along the journey, you are aware that this was for Che a life-changing experience, one that opened his eyes to the world and ultimately made him the man he went on to be. His friend cares primarily about the women he meets en route, but Che outgrows his medical studies, his beautiful girlfriend, his previous life.
This is truly riveting cinema, better than a thousand action-packed Hollywood epics. Go see and appreciate every subtle moment of genius. This is real cinema!