Saturday, June 18, 2005

Motorcycle Diaries

this is an art film. films that arent hollywood. no special effects, nothing overtly scandalous. just a good story. this film might bore most people.

its almost characteristic for latin american stories, though my exposure to the culture is very limited, to evolve from a beginning with no apparent direction until it ends where you are delighted with a universal understanding (and acceptance) of the big picture. this is true for the motorcycle diaries.

filipinoes might be the perfect audience for this film, outside of south america. because the social and political situation parellels our own. to sight a few: regionalism. north vs south. religion and church. a tense political situation. landless in our own land. poverty. social ills. nostaligia over the past. hope. a vision and true heroes who find themselves trapped (transformed) in a life dedicated for a cause, because they sincerely and passionately desire change. this film, based on a true story, is about such a hero. his journey from being an ordinary juan to one of the more influential personalities in south america. my favorite character is the mother superior who has something up her ass. when she stuck to her "rules" rather than feed our hungry heroes, because rules are rules.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars **** (inspite of numerous awards, i think you have to be in the mood to appreciate this film).


rob said...

Yes, a good movie. I came into it expecting to be bored, thinking it was going to be 'Around the World in Eighty Days' or something. And it did start that way. But I was pleasantly surprised at the transformation of the main character. Nice touch also in the end revealing who he was historically. I wish I had more guts like Che Guevarra in the movie.

rmacapobre said...

yes .. remember when he was asked what he thought about the book. and he was being truthful. honesty is seldom appreciated.

roehl said...

i've never seen the film but honesty should really be appreciated for its great value especially nowadays when it is such a rare commodity.