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Dean and Sal are the portrait of the Beat Generation. Their search for "It" results in a fast paced, energetic roller coaster ride with highs and lows throughout the U.S.
Steve Buscemi get fucked in the ass
Was a dream of mine…
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Having never read Jack Kerouac’s original novel (I find most Beat writing outdated and insufferable) I have to try and judge this long awaited adaptation on its own merits even if it comes with significant cultural baggage. Whether it captures the spirit of Kerouac’s prose is debatable as is whether or not the film works as a piece of entertaining. As with most road movies it is indulgent, repetitive and rambling - it’s the journey that counts and not the destination after all - but this journey is never as much fun for the passenger as it is for the driver.
Sam Riley plays Sal Paradise, a young writer and Kerouac substitute, who befriends a free-spirited Dean Moriaty and his…
Garrett Hedlund shags everything that moves, including Steve Buscemi in this romanticized take on Jack Kerouac's landmark novel. On The Road is a patchy film that meanders along like it's characters on a road-trip. Sam Riley looks distinctly dirty in this film though not as dirty as a certain Kristen Stewart who has added a bit of tit and ass showing to her stunning repertoire of moody poses. Interesting without ever being totally engaging, this paints a hedonistic lifestyle that these "beat generation" writers and poets dreamed about. Freedom, experience and the journey towards being a free spirit seem to be the themes of a film they deemed "unfilmable". Numerous actors and directors have tried and failed to bring this…
After decades of stopping and starting, attempted productions that included talents such as Francis Ford Coppola and Marlon Brando, Jack Kerouac's definitive Beat novel On The Road has finally been brought to the screen through the caring hands of director Walter Salles and writer Jose Rivera. The two seemed to be the perfect modern pair to take on this hefty challenge, selected for the task after their praised work together on the Che Guevera road picture The Motorcycle Diaries, which netted Rivera an Oscar nomination for his screenplay. Here they take on another journey of the body and soul, one that has seen countless others attempt and fail to figure out some way to make a film out of a…
More pretentious and vain than the novel from Jack Kerouac. The coolness of the Beat generation seems to be impossible to capture on film and remains elusive in this 2012 outing. I'm not convinced it's possible.
The whole vibe of Beat literature back in the 50s is rejection of social construct and norms. Spontaneity and outburst were their driving force, doing what others didn't and doing what they wanted. This film from Walter Salles has completely missed that point. It's formulaic and stale. It tries to find deep meaning in the ramblings of Kerouac and Ginsberg but what the writer and director fail to realize is that the profound spirituality searched for by the Beats can't be found in a…
It is nothing short of ironic that a film that deals with living life in a more primal sense is best described as being lifeless as fuck.
This is what amounts to a character-driven film that doesn't really give a rat's ass about its characters. It is in fact impressive how the film coasts along not really giving a damn about those in the film. Instead, the film for the most part is the same stuff happening over, and over, and over again. Sure, the characters may have changed a little, but it's the same damn shit. The film nonsensically drones around for much of the run time.
Thankfully, Garrett Hedlund is fantastic here. For me, the viewing was worth…
Apt depiction of the legendary Kerouac novel. Sal Paradise & Dean Moriarty fit on the screen almost as well as the page.
Dean (and Jack Kerouac and all the men in this but I'm focusing on dean) is the absolute WORST but Garrett............ Garrett is so fine
Mi camino viendo esta película:
- ¿Quién le dijo a Kristen Stewart que podía actuar?
- Qué fome la película
- De verdad ni un brillo Kristen Stewart
- ¿Por qué dura tanto?
- Me aburro
- ¿Por qué dije sí a ver esta película?
- OH DIOS QUE TERMINE
couldn't make it 30min in. knowing the source material and having read up on the beats and their vibes this movie feels very... wrong. or maybe it's just that they're actually conveying the misogyny of the movement lol
anyway, i couldn't even pull through for sam riley. shame on me. his voice is heavenly though
For such an A-list cast, I'm surprised I was as bored and easily distracted as I was.
Jack Kerouac's autobiographical novel ON THE ROAD was always considered, if not 'unfilmable' then at least unlikely to make the transition from page to screen with any degree of success, so I am very pleased to report that Walter Salles' film, while no masterpiece, has largely succeeded in capturing the essence of the book thanks to some judicious casting and Salles' eye for landscape.
There isn't much in the way of plot. The book, and consequently this film, describes Kerouac's friendship and fascination with the charismatic and mostly unstable Neal Cassidy. Here Kerouac is called Sal Paradise and Cassidy, Dean Moriarty who became as potent a fictional anti-hero for the post-war generation of young Americans as Holden Caufield. The fact…
Like the book, this film is peeling back and back each time I watch it, and perhaps one day I'll even love it.
I retain my criticisms about the casting, however as the characters live longer on in my mind they feel more real, more lived in. I gave the actors little credit as to the work they put into this piece, and wonderful they are.
We must absolutely live ecstatically every day and moment. If you are wasting your time, stop doing it. We have this one chance for goodness knows how long or little, so move and make something of it.
That's right, I'm talking to you.
There is really only two ways to do an adaptation. There's the straight adaptation where the movie is basically a retelling of the book or loose adaptation, where the movie takes a small section or idea of a book and crafts it's own movie around that. Maybe I'm biased because I just watched There Will Be Blood (35mm Chicago Music Box!), but the loose adaptation has much higher likelihood to produce greater results. On the Road is a vignette of different stories of people "on the road". And it's adaptation does the exact same thing using passages of the book as narration, which really offers nothing except for fans of the book.
After reading the book I merely didn't like it. If I watched this without reading the book I feel that I would have hated it.
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014, now updated every mid-April.
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