On the Road [Blu-ray]
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The young unfocused writer Sal Paradise/Jack Kerouac (Sam Riley)is joined by free-spirited Dean Moriarty/Neal Cassady (Garrett Hedlund in a magnificently realised portrayal) and his girl, Marylou/Luanne Henderson (Kristen Stewart) and Carlo Marx/Allen Ginsberg (Tom Sturridge)as they travel across the USA at breakneck speed, stopping in Denver and New York and other places trying to understand themselves and each other. They encounter a mix of people who each impact their journey indelibly: Old Bull Lee/William S. Burroughs (Viggo Mortensen) and other less well known but important to the road trip played by such fine actors as Steve Buscemi, Amy Adams, Kirsten Dunst, Terrence Howard, Alice Braga, Elisabeth Moss, Danny Morgan and many more. The characters encounter and deal with drug abuse, sexual orgies, the entire spectrum of sexuality, marriage and children and divorce and above all the joys of freedom of place, of sex, of behavior, and of experiencing the kindness of strangers and the beauty of the countryside of America and Mexico.Read more ›
Just to give a little background on my mindset before I viewed this movie, I am not a Kerouac fan. Reading Kerouac as a black woman, is like repeatedly sticking a fork in my eye in some parts. It's painful to read the misogyny and the romanticism of picking cotton (When I read he thought he could make it his "life's work," I almost threw the book out of the window). But, I continued and actually understood his mindset by the end of the book. However, I really never wanted to be in his head again. It was a scary place.
So, as you could probably tell, I had my reservations about the movie. However, the cast won me over. When you have Amy Adams, Viggo Mortensen, Steve Buscemi, Kristen Stewart, Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, and Kirsten Dunst all in one movie, you can practically guarantee some fine performances and I wasn't disappointed at all. In fact, I'm a huge Kristen Stewart fan, in particular, and she blew me away, per usual.
On the Road is a story about a search for meaning in life - the "It." These young people were driven by their personal searches for God, their fathers (and in some ways their mothers), and a place to call home. They found all of those things in each other. Particularly, Sal Paradise (Jack Kerouac) found those things in Dean Moriarty (Neal Cassady) and vice versa. They hurt people along the way and made horrible life choices. But, they lived put loud and inspired others to do the same. This movie did an amazing job of showing the joy and pain in this journey that Sal took.Read more ›
Some favorite actors, yes, but neither Dean Moriarty nor Sal as played here were even close to the reality. Perhaps the actions followed the truth, but the characters were cheerless caricatures of what they would have had to be to carry this off.
I was so sorry to see this forgetting or perhaps not knowing what it was about, having almost no idea. I don't like bad movies, but I really don't like misleading movies, and this IMO is one of those. Distasteful.
Sheer ignorance I guess, ignoring the reality.
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Bears little resemblance to the book. Too much gratuitous sex. Omits important scenes like when Sal was a security guard in a mining camp. Read morePublished 18 days ago by P. Fiorino
This is the baseline of what later became the hippie movement. The script, the acting and cinematography are very good. The ending is very sadPublished 25 days ago by Gabe
Love Kristen Stewart, but the movie not anywhere as good as I expected.Published 2 months ago by Lowell Johnson
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This movie is poetic, deep and brings you to a time where things were fast, hip, jazzy, wild and fun. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Most of my literary friends who love the book have also deemed it "unfilmable." But I think this film is a rare example of an adaptation that seeks to be its own piece of... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Ok, this movie is not for everybody, for many reasons. Me, I liked it enough to buy it for my collection. I liked most everything about it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ew Goodrich