I don't think I was expecting to work so hard to engage with this film. The narrative reading of poetry and letters does ring on days after watching however.
After recently re-watching Abbie Cornish in Candy, I struggled to believe her as Fanny who is such a contrasting character. Perhaps not in some regards, both love an "inappropriate" man.
Some beautiful cinematography, especially of Fanny's solitary moments. Perhaps I'd appreciate the film mre after another viewing but it just didn't capture my heart.
This is the kind of film you can watch time and time again, and always find a new gem to ferret away.
Depp does a fabulous job acting the lunatic, and his "Sar-mow-ahn" attorney makes for an excellent sidekick.
Mad situations, drug induced hallucinations, and the insight of a whole other reality give this film it's texture. Hunter S. Thompson's dialogue is brought to life with the narration, which moves quickly and makes the film worth a repeat watch for words alone.
Don't forget the absurd cameo of a certain Spiderman, Tobey Maguire as the Hitchhiker.
"What? No. We can't stop here. This is bat country."
After catching the wrong ferry and missing a screening of Moonrise Kingdom, I ended up hitting the cinema in great time for "On the Road". If fate is a thing, this was it - I'd started reading the book that very day.
Fans of the book will immediately start counting dissimilarities - Sal lives with his French speaking mother in NYC, not his aunt. Marylou is played by the very brunette Kirsten Stewart, and her character is generally less golden…