Big Sur focuses on a moment in Jack Kerouac’s life when, overwhelmed by the success of his opus On the Road and struggling with alcoholism, he retreats to his publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s cabin in the small, coastal California town of Big Sur…
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I really struggled to maintain interest with this one. The incessant voice over detracted greatly from many of the actual scenes and it felt like we were being 'shown' everything the whole time without ever getting to see a character decide to DO anything. I was really looking forward to this. Image-wise it seems a little too clean as well. It' a shame as I am both a big Kerouac and Northfork fan. 2 stars
Better than I had expected after the ho hum "on the road" adaptation. Here the voice over and the editing make a bid to approximate the Kerouac style and Jean Marc-Barr is surprisingly good in the lead even if it loses steam toward the end. I wonder if combining a few of the novels like Welles did with Shakespeare in Falstaff might have been more satisfying narrative-wise?
A self acknowledged 'strange creepy guy' drifts into alcohol fueled despair despite the attentions of several gorgeous women desperate to be with him. By turns a sad tale of self destruction and a tedious account of narcissism. The wait for a really engaging film about the Beats continues. On this occasion the cinematography is the stand out feature. The Big Sur tourist board should buy up the rights straight away.
The cinematography is powerful and magic to the extent it overshadows all possible flaws. Haven't noticed any, to be honest, apparently busy with drooling over the redwood and the ocean and fabulous sunbeams coming into the cabin. Yes, Kerouac here is more of a poor dear than of a raving broken sot, but if you're not a word-for-word-adaptation nazi, this film will definitely deliver with its beauty only.
Bathed in late summer's golden afternoon light on California's Pacific Coast, Michael Polish's tribute to Beat Generation writer Jack Kerouac's last novel "Big Sur" exposes Kerouac's inner-conflict with celebrity and an existential dilemma caught between nostalgia and direction. Towards the end of his career, Kerouac runs on the fumes of his success filling his days at Ferlinghetti's Big Sur cabin with love and fear.