What starts as a road trip adventure ends with one man beginning to form an idea on how to make a difference and as it's pointed out at the end he needs to go away and absorb everything from his journey and make sense of it all. It's a lot to cram in for something like Che Guevara but the director gets his point across. The cinematography and music is all outstanding with a full cast that brought South America alive.
I was in South America for some months recently and I frequently encountered fellow tourists eager to fetishize poverty, sermonising on the destructive nature of their home countries while glorifying the traditional lifestyles of the locals. It rang false to me then and this film captures a similar faux-profundity in character. Regardless of my thoughts on Che, this was a pretty but vacuous film - like a tourist
I live in southern Brazil, not too far away from where the story starts and, after watching hundreds of North American movies, it's so good to see something from my neighborhood :) the movie itself is great as well. Of course that what turns a med student into a revolutionary leader is too much to fit in a two hour film, but this isn't a story about communism.