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.
I don't mind movies being a little far from the original book, but the freedoms this one took were way too far from the candid, excited piece I just finished reading. It was like I didn't read the same book (and I'm not sure I even liked the book). Also, Garrett Hedlund is (damn) fine, but where was the crazy, all over the place Dean Moriarty?
Occasionally there is a tendency to glamourize what has nothing to do with glamour. It happened with the Beat - a movement which in its core is about white men abusing their privileged lives doing drugs and fucking women. Suffice it to say that the Kerouac book was bad enough already.
A failed adaption. The only thing I like is every actors and actresses are beautiful (except Kirsten Dunst is too old for the role). Garrett Hedlund had nothing to do except showing his body (and he had only one T-shirt to wear). In the middle of this mess, I think Kristen Stewart is the best.
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.
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.
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.