Young writer Sal Paradise has his life shaken by the arrival of free-spirited Dean Moriarty and his girl, Marylou. As they travel across the country, they encounter a mix of people who each impact their journey indelibly.
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It has really nice photography and good acting for the most part but I didn´t like it: The characters are obnoxious, the plot has a repetitive formula, the drama its sort of underdeveloped and it uses pseudo-philosophical bullshit and cheap poetry to glorify licentiousness. I didn´t saw nothing deep or reflexive: Just a bunch of pretentious pseudo-rebels on a trip having sex, drinking, smoking and getting high.
I'm giving it four stars not because it was necessarily a great film, if that were the case than it would be deserving of three stars. I'm giving it four stars because it is one of the truer novel to film adaptations out there. The film is true to Kerouac's work and is depicted accurately so. I think some time was spent in places where it would have been better otherwise, but the film was very well cast. A good job.
Long gestating adaptation of Kerouac's essential american novel truly captures the spirit it contained. The quest for the road to settle the raging spirit within looking for meaning; looking for something more; looking for something other than accepting the complacency of the so-called american dream. Salles and Rivera have brought the pages to life in a way that doesn't feel the need to tell a convential story.
It was obvious as soon as Walter Salles was announced as director this was going to be a handsome but conventional and sanitised version of the book. All the energy of the novel is gone, the characters are dull and it all just falls fucking flat.