On The Road
The humdrum life of 1940s writer Sal Paradise is sent into a tailspin by the arrival of nomadic free spirit, Dean Moriarty, whose home is literally wherever he drops his trousers. This could be the bed of his beautiful girlfriend Camille, tormented poet Carlo Marx or incandescent 16-year-old Marylou. Sal's odyssey of self-discovery coincides with Dean's painful fall from grace.
The real-life dalliances of Beat Generation standard-bearer Jack Kerouac provide the creative spark for director Walter Salles's handsomely crafted if emotionally underpowered road movie based on the 1957 novel of the same name. Sam Riley plays writer Sal Paradise, whose humdrum life in the late 1940s is sent into a tailspin by the arrival of nomadic free spirit, Dean Moriarty (Garrett Hedlund), whose home is literally wherever he drops his trousers. This could be the bed of his beautiful girlfriend Camille (Kirsten Dunst), tormented poet Carlo Marx (Tom Sturridge) or incandescent 16-year-old Marylou (Kristen Stewart). Sal's odyssey of self-discovery coincides with Dean's painful fall from grace, set against stunning American landscapes that cinematographer Eric Gautier captures in their glory. With a running time in excess of two hours, On The Road has numerous diversions and ultimately loses its way but Hedlund is magnetic, capturing the smouldering sexuality of a drifter, who toys with emotions, oblivious to the consequences. Riley is a passive observer to the histrionics but Stewart is solid and scantily clad in an eye-catching supporting role that is a far cry from her morose, pouting heroine in the Twilight saga.
- Genre: Drama Romance Adaptation
- Cast:Sam Riley, Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst, Tom Sturridge, Steve Buscemi, Elisabeth Moss, Alice Braga, Viggo Mortensen, Terrence Howard, Amy Adams, Garrett Hedlund.
- Director:Walter Salles Jr, Walter Salles.
- Writer:Jose Rivera.
- Official Site:www.ontheroad-themovie.com
- Release:12/10/2012 (selected cinemas)