Based on Jack Kerouac's iconic semi-autobiographical novel, On The Road follows the travels of Sal Paradise (Sam Riley) and Dean Moriarty (Garrett Hedlund) across post-WWII America, in a quest for meaning and belonging. Directed by Brazilian filmmaker Walter Salles, the film also features performances from Kristen Stewart, Amy Adams, Tom Sturridge, Danny Morgan, Alice Braga, Elisabeth Moss, Kirsten Dunst and Viggo Mortensen.
"Though the Kerouac purist might dismiss it for being too conventional and polished, and there’s no denying that it’s a Hollywood creation from top to bottom, it’s not hard to imagine things being much worse for the first cinematic adaptation of this major American novel. It’s sentimental, easy on the eyes (director Walter Salles previously worked with this cinematographer on The Motorcycle Diaries, and this film looks beautiful in the same sort of way), and approachable. Casting, too, is devoid of any catastrophes. Kristen Stewart pouts her way through a supporting part as a tag-along girlfriend (these Beat types wrote only supporting parts for women, as far as I can see), unsurprisingly outshined by the lesser-known actors in the Kerouac, Ginsberg, and Cassady roles, while Viggo Mortensen does his best but is ultimately less than convincing as Burroughs. One thing that viewers may find is that this film reads a bit more like a criticism of the book than an adaptation. Granted, the hedonism and blatant misogyny of the novel are easy targets for disapproval, but by making a responsible adaptation of an irresponsible book, a lot of the freedom and joy that Kerouac was so inspired by seems to have been omitted." (Krishanu Ray, The Stranger).
On The Road screens at 7:10 pm. After the closing credits, we'll meet in the lobby and then decamp to a nearby locale to discuss the film.