This film is absolutely beautiful visually: the photography, camerawork, locations; they all amazingly emit that late 40's vibe. Great cast and acting. It's was a crazy and inspiring ride from the start to the end, I enjoyed it, plus it wants you to learn more about that interesting time and The Beat movement. NOTE: I do not compare this film to the book or analyse how true or not this film is to The Beat Generation.
An exquisitely shot tragedy; beautifully directed. Accompanied by an emotive and perfectly balanced soundtrack, this film carves out its intricate path of sinusoidally arranged themes and motifs with immense beauty. Reminiscent of Japanese 'haiku literature', this paradoxically warm-in-tone film is interspersed with equally warm, lilting prose that leaves an indelible impression on its observers. Unmissable.
Not a likable movie as the male protagonists are: selfish; misogamistic; petty criminals who plunder their fellow working-class; and, probably smell. The real strength of OTR is in the prose, so this valiant filmed attempt to intervene between the players' experiences and ourselves ends up reducing the richness of the road trip.
On The Road is not meant to be filmed. Walter Salles does a great job in finding a compromise to bring the story to the screen - omitting what he had to omit. This doesn't feel overdone or underdeveloped. it is just right. After being lukewarm to this film initially I have grown to appreciate it. I think about this film a lot, and the overall tone of it pinpoints what is important about the beat generation.