On the Road (2012)

R   |    |  Adventure, Drama, Romance

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Young writer Sal Paradise has his life shaken by the arrival of free-spirited Dean Moriarty and his girl, Marylou. As they travel across the country, they encounter a mix of people who each impact their journey indelibly.

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  • Sam Riley in On the Road (2012)
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  • Sam Riley in On the Road (2012)
  • Danny Morgan in On the Road (2012)
  • Jeisa Chiminazzo at an event for On the Road (2012)

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19 August 2013 | doug_park2001
Good Acting, Themes, and Scenery, but Not Much Plot
Reading the consensus among the reviews here and on Amazon, I didn't have my hopes too high before watching this. Nevertheless, ON THE ROAD immediately drew me in with its immediate realism. It kept my attention for two hours, and, no matter how dissatisfying it proved to be in the end, I found it quite beautiful in certain places.

ON THE ROAD follows a linear, too-often patchy storyline (just like Life itself, eh?) The film basically captures what it's like to be young and restless, but it would have been nice if the makers had found more to show us beyond all the scenes of Sal, Dean, and the others getting high and screwing. Sad thing is, this film had so much potential and could have been something truly extraordinary with more character and plot development.

The biggest problematical element is this: As several others have noted, Kerouac aficionados are bound to be disappointed by how little this film actually follows the original novel. On the other hand, those who are unfamiliar with Kerouac and the other "beats" will probably be left wondering who these people are and wth the meaning of all this is supposed to be.

All the same, aspiring writers will probably identify with everything ON THE ROAD shows us about the writing process. This film may at least prove helpful in revitalizing interest in Kerouac's fine novel.

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