The Motorcycle Diaries is based on Che Guevara’s book about his journey through South America with a friend as a young man in the 1950s. Only part of the trip was on a motorcycle.
The movie is decent. The plot runs along reasonably well and the cinematography is pretty good. Although I don’t think of Che Guevara as a romantic figure, I try to evaluate movies independently of the real life actions, especially when the time frame of the movie is earlier than all the bad things Che did as a communist. However, near the end in the leper colony, the movie script could have done with some skepticism towards Che. The additional materials on the DVD, including an interview with Che’s friend on the journey Alberto Granado, also sounded too much like the romanticization of Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara that has become too common among some.
Overall though, I would give the movie a 7/10 rating.