On The Road (2012)

October 12th, 2012
Author: Meredith Taylor

Director: Walter Salles

Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Sam Riley, Kristen Stewart, Garrett Hedlund, Steve Buscemi

124mins                    Drama

Many have tried and few have succeeded to make Jack Kerouac’s autobiographical Beat classic and here it finally makes it to the screen courtesy of Walter Salles of Motorcycle Diaries fame.  There were mixed feelings about this feature at Cannes when it premiered at Cannes this year and many felt that it had failed to capture the zeitgeist despite clinging close to the novel.  It’s so desperate to be “cool” that it almost fails in that endeavour; to my mind at least, but it’s at starry as the road it follows through the Beat era: a pretty long one at just over two hours – but has Viggo Mortensen, Sam Riley, Steve Buscemi and Kristen Stewart to keep you amused on the journey.MT



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