Monday, September 24

The Motorcycle Diaries Movie Review

The Motorcycle Diaries is an adaption of the memoirs written by Ernesto Che Guevara from the Book by the same name.

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In 1952, 23 year old Ernesto Guevara De La Serna, a medical student sets out on a motorcycle journey with his 29 year old friend Alberto Granado, a biochemist. They plan to cover 8000 kilometres in 4 months starting January 4 in 1952 on Alberto’s old ‘Norton 500’ bike. The journey begins from their hometown Buenos Aries, covering most of South America and finally coming to an end in Venezuela on Alberto’s 30th birthday. But there’s a twist in the tale, the dream to see the continent does not go the way they planned. Apart from troubling motorcycle, asthmatic Guevara and money shortage, there’s more to this journey. Checkout how this motorcycle journey turns Ernesto Guevara to CHE Guevara, a man, a radical all ready to set-off a revolution.

Why you should watch ‘The Motorcycle Diaries’?

If you are a bike freak who loves adventure and is a person with atleast one CHE Guevara printed t-shirt, it’s a must watch for you. This movie brings you very close to the life of 23 year old Ernesto Guevara, his thinking and how it lead to the making of a revolutionary.
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Can anyone play Guevara any better than Gael Garcia Bernal. Such an intense, honest acting depicting the real CHE can only be done by Bernal. His friendship with Rodrigo De La Serna (Alberto Granado) is shown brilliantly onscreen.
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Some of the best shots of Machu Picchu Mountain are shown in the movie when the friends visited Peru.


The movie was released in Spanish so you need to watch it with subtitles.


Music was composed by Gustavo Santaolalla. And now the rumours are that yash raj’s next movie with Shahrukh Khan and Katrina kaifJab tak Hai Jaan’ has music inspired from The Motorcycle Diaries.

My Rating : 5/5

Read the novel to find out why Ernesto was given the nickname CHE by his friends and followers.


  1. Gosh, I so want to watch this now! Have to get my hands on this one. And the bike is so fascinating with that space for luggage and all(my knowledge about bikes is zero, so please pardon me , if I am pointing out something very silly!)

    1. that was funny but yes you may be correct, the rear seat does look like as if it's especially designed to carry luggage on long distance journeys...

      am still waiting for your mail jenny for the address details :-)

  2. I wanted to read the book, but somehow didn't go about doing it. At the least, I would like to see the movie...

    Destination Infinity

    1. i read the book while i was in chennai .. i borrowed it from one of my friend .. and that's whaen i got to know about Che Guevara .. book is anyday better than the movie it'll be good if you read the book first and then watch the movie...

  3. :) this movie is so much in the list of my Hubs and has seen it :D and till now I havent ventured in it :D so ;) will take it up now post reading this blog :D

    And voila :D I see so many testing links!!! :D seems like we both are of same cast!!! :D

    1. good to see you on my blog Ramya .. thanks!

      and hey glad to know that your husband is a big fan of Che Guevara and this movie ..

      it's a must watch for all.
      and as far as testing links are concerned .. well it's my wife, she's a software tester and we run our own software testing training institute in that's the reason for too many links :)

      you can visit the website here :

      are you also a software tester? i would love to know more about it?


  4. Next time I get a chance and I am going to watch it..curious about location:)

    1. its shot in different parts of South America namely Buenos Aeries, Peru, lima, Incas, Argentina and Machu Picchu...


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