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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With hindsight, a disconcertingly messy adaptation that misrepresents the Beat movement and Kerouac's sprawling novel which arguably belongs in the travel writing genre. Acting is vibrant (Hedlund, Stewart, Riley), but in this case, Salles' direction is unintentionally discombobulated. The film's final arc scolds a generation's fleeting spark of hedonism. For better or worse, a cautionary tale, not an appraisal.
Refreshingly faithful adaptation of the most read Kerouac novel. I had fears this would be overly sanitized but all the sex and drugs are there albeit a little restrained on the Mexican trip. Salles has done a great job of evoking the fervent energy of 50's, sweaty, beat middle America and manages to elicit the same sense of sadness towards old Dean by the end of the film. 3 stars
[REVIEW] 65/100 (2.5) - ON THE ROAD (Salles, 2012)
'a different story with parallel happenings'...The problem isn't that On The Road is a bad film but that it is an inauthentic adaptation of a great novel
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I didn't mind On the Road but I didn't love it either, probably because I haven't read the book in 15 years, don't remember most of what happened and am not sure if I should like or dislike it. The photography was gorgeous and the acting wasn't bad. I don't remember if the characters were initially this unlikable but some of them took a lot of energy out of me. Don't go through too much trouble to see or avoid it.