Movie #65: On the Road
Director: Walter Salles
Runtime: 124 min
Cast: Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart
The Bottom Line: 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.
The Review: Adapting a timeless and acclaimed novel like On the Road is no easy task, specially when the odds are against it. This adaptation feels overlong, pretentious, lose and disconnected at times, however it does a fair and honorable job representing the life of the anti-establishment duo. That being said, Riley and Hedlund shine on this honourable adventure and bring Salles’ vision of youth, with all its selfishness, craziness, the curiosity for the unknown, the desire of be different, to make the difference, to be creative and everything else, to life.