On The Road

Interesting and sublime enough to grab and hold your attention, speckled with strong actors and believable performances, “On The Road” takes Jack Kerouac’s novel and presents it almost literally to the audience, leaving a sense of actual storytelling and plot progression behind. Garrett Hedlund steals the show as Dean Moriarty, the eccentric and constantly shifty ex-con, who befriends writer Sal Paradise, the character based on Kerouac, played convincingly by Sam Riley. Accompanied by familiar faces like Viggo Mortensen, Amy Adams, and Kirsten Dunst, along with strong showings from Alice Braga and Tom Sturridge, this novel adaptation is enthralling if not a bit too plodding.

The real question arising from the film is whether Kristen Stewart is starting on the correct path following her “Twilight” days. The answer is yes, she does take a step forward in my book, finally exposing herself, not only physically, which often takes a lot of willpower, but showing her first seminal range of emotions, from an invigorating dance scene with Hedlund to the expression of her devastation regarding Dean and being his mistress. “On The Road” definitely is not the film to highlight a Beat Generation, but it is entertaining enough to warrant a viewing.

Release Date: December 21, 2012 || Director: Walter Salles || Distributed By: IFC Films
Adventure, Drama, Romance
Rated R for strong sexual content, drug use and language
124 minutes

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