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Plot: Young writer Sal Paradise has his life shaken by the arrival of free-spirited Dean Moriarty and his girl, Marylou. As they travel across the country, they encounter a mix of people who each impact their journey indelibly.
Runtime: 124 mins Release Date: 22 May 2012
Bad reviews everywhere for a perfect film (by coiffuremixte)
Walter Salles has made another beautiful, captivating, moving film. 'On The Road' is a close adaptation of Kerouac's famous novel which came to define the beat movement. Sticking to the fictional character names of Dean Moriarty and Sal Paradise this feels historically faithful as these are the names used in the book up until a recent re-edition of the original text we follow Sal's attempts to find 'it' in his travels across America, and through his relationships, and his attempts to write a meaningful work of art. Sam Riley is brilliant in the central role; natural, <more>
sympathetic, captivating. All the other actors are excellent. What is the real strength of this film is the unpretentious film-making which resists drawing attention to the wealth of talent involved in making it, is it perhaps the perfection of this film which has tempted reviewers to pick holes or invent flaws, like a true beauty it is sometimes hard for others to resist trying to destroy or defile it? Cinema magic is rare, shame people have trouble recognizing it when they have it in front of them.
The rare feeling what you got after seeing this... (by gregory_van_damme)
This movie is for me a BIG 10!!!Indeed, the film is totally different from the book of Jack Kerouac. But that was just the idea of director Walter Salles, and it was the best idea for this film. Because this book is not about the scenes inside, but the feeling is important!! And Walter Salles did it .. he give you for the full 100% that feeling in the film! LIVE LIFE AND FLY!The rock&roll splash of this film... and like the book is for me a personal bible, so is the film now! After you see this film, you just wanna get in your car and drive ... living and driving! LIFE IS LIFE, KIND IS <more>
KIND, BUT NO MATTER WHAT ... THE ROAD IS LIFE!Acting : 10/10 Images : 10/10 Editing : 10/10 Director : 10/10 Music : 10/10 FILM : BIG 10!
As with "Howl", if ever there were a piece of literature that hadn't begged for a screen adaptation, this was it. But after a few blunts and pina coladas too many, turning off the volume, and falling asleep within the first 10 minutes, Brenda and I actually enjoyed it.This movie is truly action-packed, if you can call anal sex "action." So it's fudge-packed, if you have a sweet tooth for that kind of thing.As with the novella/memoir, the womenfolk are few and far between, and their legs are always spread. As are Brenda's.Sal and Dean might have both died young, <more>
but film could have gone on and on forever, and would have lost none of its illustrious charm.Every other scene seems to involve a hoodlum and/or a hooker and/or a saxophone.Enjoy, if you dare!
The only people who interest me are the mad ones (by Sheldon_Cooper_PHD)
What a brilliant adaptation!The very beginning of the movie sets the tone, and shows Kerouac walking, and walking, different locations.From this very beginning, Walter Salles captures the essence itself of Kerouac's work. He may not stick to every passage of it, which would probably prove quite tedious to follow in a movie, yet he keeps what is necessary, the essence, the purpose of it all. Living fully, enjoying life to its fullest.Sam Riley as Jack Kerouac is incredible, a raspy voice, gleeful, mischievous, eyes full of sparkle, he makes it entirely believable, and is highly <more>
likable.Garrett Hedlund, a very talented actor as he has proved it in Death Sentence, Four Brothers shines bright as Neal Cassady, full of charisma, virility, and true madness. There is a fantastic energy absolutely suited to the character, a very difficult character to portray, a madman.Hedlund is an absolute standout and is both riveting and heartbreaking, notably so at the end of the movie.Kristen Stewart is glowing, both beautiful and highly sensual very torrid scenes showcase this , she proves something that most people seem to have forgotten with the Twilight series, that she is extremely talented.Tom Sturridge is impressive as Allen Gisberg, both vulnerable and crazy in a sense. The cinematography is outstanding, and it is a sight to behold, beautiful landscapes, a smooth, delicate filmic texture. This movie will divide, whether people appreciate the book, or they don't.It leaves a mark on me, it goes to my heart, as the book did. As Jack repeats those last words "I think of Dean Moriarty, I think of Dean Moriarty", intertwined with Neal looking afar, tears running down, my heart sinks, riveted as I am, as if paralyzed by those last words, my eyes fixated on the screen, I can't move because I think of Dean Moriarty, I think of Neal Cassady.
A great adaptation of the Jack Kerouac's classic novel (by bRAdY-01)
Watched at the Cannes Film Festival. For a young audience jaded and sick of a seemingly constant avalanche of super hero and action block buster no-brainer movies this film will shine like a refreshing breath of much desired escapism in times of depression and high unemployment. Though having made previously multi-awards winning films and having worked with some amazing actors in the past, Walter Salles finally has been allowed to work with some the hottest young Hollywood stars, this will surely really hit pay-dirt for him and open up his work to a whole new generation and market, with film <more>
enjoying a much wider release, transcending the usual art-house cinema's he has previously been limited to. The film will appeal both to the large demographic audience of teen film goers but also an older generation of book readers curious to see how one of the most inspirational novels of their teens turns out now that it has finally hit the screens over half a century since it's first release. The film seems part biopic as it departs often from the book, young audiences will easily connect and relate to mind-set of Kerouac as they are given insight into one of America's legendary free-spirits that pre-dated "Generation X" and the much earlier Easy Rider generation by decades. Whilst Kirsten Stewart will draw a large teen audience following for the Twilight Saga movie franchise, Riley for his stand-out award winning art-house performances, it will be the scenes of drug taking, sexual experimentation, visuals of haunting beautifully shots landscapes and a sense of escapism that will all have a massive teen audience appeal, but most memorable of all will be Garrett Hedlund star in the making, charismatic scene stealing performance that will be prominent in reviews, garner excellent word-of-mouth and leave an indelible mark.
"On The Road" is only the skeleton this film is fleshed out around. It is not simply the novel made into a movie. Director Walter Salles WAY expanded it. For starters, he used the scroll, not the '57 edition as the working blueprint. And a ton of the movie came from Neal, Jack & Allen's letters, Carolyn's book, the LuAnne interview, Jack's audio recordings Â… in other words, there's a lot of stuff that's not in the novel. But it's all based on accounts, not solely Jack's account as told in that one book, scroll or not.It's not the novel On The <more>
Road as a linear film. It's an interpretation based strongly ON that novel, but it ain't a literal filming of the storyline. It's a work of art, its own work of art, a new work of art based on an old work of art.There's lots of cool things about it. I don't want to "spoil" it for you, but many of the specific scenes in the novel that always stood out for me are in the film. And since it's so non-linear, you don't know what's coming next. And it's, "Oh wow! It's this scene! No way!" It's so funny-cool that way. Something that Jack might spend a few paragraphs on in a 300-page novel could be 3 minutes of the 137 minute movie. And things he might cover over 20 pages aren't included at all. It's kind of a series of choice scenes portrayed.And the cameos by Terrence Howard and Steve Buscemi are to die for! That two of my favorite actors are in this in such weird and wonderful ways is just great.And Viggo as Bill! Holy heck! Maybe the best part of the film.And the music is GREAT. Yer gonna love it if ya love it.There's loads of problems, big and small, but I'm not gonna mention 'em cuz maybe you won't even notice 'em. It's its own work of art, its own statement, its own piece. It's new and different and will stand or fall on its own. But the movie of "On The Road" now exists. And here it is â€” 2 hours and 17 minutes. It's more large than small. It's more new than old. It's more timeless than dated.How this is gonna play for other people will be interesting to see. There's gonna be the Beat world's reaction, and then the non-Beat world's. Beat people in general are gonna like it â€” cuz it's On The Road and so much more. People who have only read the one book and have it emblazoned in their brains may have trouble with how it's been expanded, or edited by the limitations of the medium. I have no idea how non-Beat-familiar people will respond. Not a clue. I think if you were predisposed this way, you'd already be there.Oh, and there's a whole lotta sex in it. The things that are said and the things that are shown, for The Puritanical American Rating System, this is gonna be an "R" fer sure. I mean, there's hand-jobs, oral, gay, straight, three-ways, you name it â€” and f-bombs, which actually were not in the casual vernacular of the time the way they're used in this film, and certainly not in the novel. This is definitely an adult movie. Which, if you know your On The Road, was a very G-rated book, other than the subject â€” the sex is all off-page, and the language is clean. The movie â€” not so much.I look forward to experiencing this many more times, under many different circumstances, in many different mindframes, with many different people, and how it'll continue to reveal new colors and angles with each new Road adventure. It's a memorable, expansive dramatization. It's a helluva party condensed into 2 hours. It's a road trip with old friends to familiar places. But you better leave the book at home and be ready for anything.
This is a film that dances the line between realism and nostalgia. In a way the novel On The Road is a nostalgia piece glorifying a set of memories and read at a certain you want to believe that you could go out and wander the wild roads of America. The film invokes the same wanderlust desire but also has enough freezing nights, blistering hot days, and screwed up broken hearts to keep you at home.With free love, drugs, and jazz these kids were doing the 60's before it all went mainstream. The original hipsters. Sam Riley's portrait of Sal Paradise, the young struggling writer, is <more>
reasonably layered as he trails along behind the louder, flasher, more insane Dean Moriarty, while at the same time trying to keep just enough reality in his life that he can write it all down. Garrett Hedlund's Dean Moriarty is flashing madness. Half the time you want to be him, the other half of the time you want to absolutely throttle him for being a selfish, self-obsessed, bastard. And Kristen Stewart is quite good as Marylou. You are able to forget she's in those movies which I bet is half the reason she took the part.The film runs a little long and it weaves about, but so does the book. It's a halfway decent adaptation but like all books into movies it's best just to consider it on its own merits.
Can't understand the harsh critics about this movie, if you read "on the road", loved the book and all the others Kerouac wrote like I did, and you're into the style of movies like motorcycle diaries, this is a complete winner. The rhythm of the movie is great, the actors do a wonderful job specially Hedlung the soundtrack is nice, the picture is awesome, and Salles really keeps himself loyal to the book. In my opinion the movie could have been a bit longer the ode to Dean in the end was too short and for me that ode made a big part of the book, also in a certain way <more>
looked like Sal didn't had Dean in such a high regard like in the end of the book...GO and watch for yourself, is worth it!!!
We just kind of hitch a ride with Sal and Dean as they travel across the country. (by Hellmant)
'ON THE ROAD': Four Stars Out of Five Adaptation of Jack Kerouac's 1957 novel of the same name about his experiences traveling around the United States in the late 1940s, usually with his friend Neal Cassady. The film has gone through various development phases for multiple decades under different directors and different casts. It was finally directed by Brazilian director Walter Salles and written by Jose Rivera the team also worked on the 2004 critically acclaimed film 'THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES' . It was produced by Francis Ford Coppola and stars Sam Riley as <more>
Kerouac's alter ego Sal Paradise and Garrett Hedlund as his buddy Dean Moriarity a representation of Cassady . It also features Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst, Amy Adams, Tom Sturridge, Alice Braga, Elisabeth Moss, Terrence Howard, Steve Buscemi and Viggo Mortensen. The movie is a beautiful looking road film, that's pretty aimless in story but does have some somewhat fascinating characters.The film begins in 1947 when writer Sal Paradise Riley meets Dean Moriarity Hedlund . The two have many adventures together on various road trips over multiple years and Sal meets the many women in Dean's life, including Marylou Stewart and Camille Dunst . Sal's life is forever changed by the wild and free-spirited young man and his lady friends. Other famous figures like William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg are represented in the film as well.Like a lot of road trip films the movie is completely aimless. We just kind of hitch a ride with Sal and Dean as they travel across the country having fun and exploring the world. There's of course not a lot to the story but the characters, for the most part, are likable and interesting. The cast is all impressive, especially the two leads, and the directing is decent. The film is probably highlighted by it's beautiful cinematography. Not a great film by any means but an entertaining one for the most part. Perhaps a little too long at almost two hours and twenty minutes though.Watch our movie review show 'MOVIE TALK' at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v RQ4Gr6CX0-g