ON THE ROAD

BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELL
DECEMBER 23, 2012

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 solid showings from Alice Braga and Tom Sturridge, this novel adaptation is enthralling if not a bit too plodding.

The real question 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, finally exposing herself and showing her first seminal range of emotions, from a refreshing dance scene with Hedlund to the expression of her devastation regarding Dean and being his mistress. “On The Road” 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

WRITTEN BY
Jose Rivera

BASED ON
“On The Road”
by Jack Kerouac

STUDIO
IFC Films

R
(for strong sexual content, drug use and language)

ADVENTURE
DRAMA
ROMANCE
124 minutes

CINEMATOGRAPHER
Éric Gautier

COMPOSER
Gustavo Santaolalla

EDITOR
François Gédigier

CAST
Garrett Hedlund
Sam Riley
Kristen Stewart
Amy Adams
Tom Sturridge
Danny Morgan
Alice Braga
Elisabeth Moss
Kirsten Dunst
Viggo Mortensen
Steve Buscemi
Terrence Howard

PRODUCED BY
Francis Ford Coppola
Nathanael Karmitz
Charles Gillibert
Rebecca Yeldham

BUDGET
$25 million

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