The first trailer knock off my socks. I thought it was brilliant. Or maybe I just think On the Road is a brilliant book and it was a great joy for me to see parts of it acted out.
If you haven’t read, On the Road, by Jack Kerouac, please do. The book tells the story of two main characters, narrator Salvatore “Sal” Paradise, and his new friend Dean Moriarty. Sal admires his new friend Dean and his carefree attitude and sense for adventure.
The story takes place in the years 1947 to 1950, is full of Americana, and marks a specific era in jazz history. the best part about the book, it that its largely autobiographical, Sal being the alter ego of Jack Kerouac. The epic nature of the adventures and the text itself creates a tremendous sense of meaning and purpose for the themes and lessons. Kerouac provides not only the story of a literal journey but also that of an intense internal quest and a pursuit of freedom and self-determination. It’s just brilliant. Pick it up in a box store or download it to your kindle. it won’t disappoint.
In the film Sam Riley plays Sal, Garrett Hedlund plays Dean, and Kristen Stewart plays Deans Wife Mary. Along with the three leads, the film also stars Amy Adams, Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen, Alice Braga, Elizabeth Moss.
I understand that the reviews at Cannes were mixed. The Film Stage wrote, “there’s no real story to move forward. Each scene is independent of any bigger picture…because Sal, our hero, is passive, we are passive in watching him.”
That’s a shame, because in the film, Yes, Sal is passive, but the world surrounding him is grand, and over the course of the book that grand world, and all the grand people he meets change him. I haven’t seen the movie, but if that aspect isn’t realized in the film, I’ll be very disappointed.
Trailer #2 for ‘On The Road
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