Excerpt: On the road :To Nowhere is a more appropriate title for this road picture that wanders aimlessly from scene to scene without much purpose. The film stars Sam Riley as Sal Paradise. He meets Dean Moriarty (Garrett Hedlund) and his young wife Marylou (Kristen Stewart).
Conclusion: After The Motorcycle Diaries , producer Francis Ford Coppola saw Walter Salles as the perfect choice to direct Jack Kerouac's freewheeling On the Road . Salles was a good choice, but I can't say he was the best choice.
Conclusion: I wanted to like this film a lot, but I couldn't. It is too disjointed and too lethargic, unsure where it wants to go and how it wants to get there. Parts of it are beautiful to look at, but the main protagonists are impossible to embrace.
Excerpt: There are many classic American works of literature whose subject matters lend themselves to movie adaptations. On The Road is definitely not one of them. Partially populated by transient supporting characters and paced by rambling journeys with little more than vague, easily altered itineraries, On...
Excerpt: There are three On The Road s, really. There’s the novel Jack Kerouac finished in 1951, telling the story of rootless young renegades Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty, who crisscross the country taking drugs, screwing prodigiously, listening to jazz, and plunging headlong into unconventionality.
Summary: Jack Kerouac’s seminal road trip novel was never going to make for an easy screen adaptation. Written in one breath with the rambling fuel of a methamphetamine buzz, it was arguably a novel with more style than substance, more philosophy than plot and more uppers, so to speak, than downers.