"On the Road" at the Egyptian

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.

 

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  • Don

    Thanks to all who attended this longgggggggggg jumble of a movie. Hope to see you all again sometime soon.

    March 28, 2013

    • Maureen

      yeah, I probably wouldn't have seen it by myself either so thanks Don. I thought the acting was great & we got a really good sense of the time period, but it seemed painfully long..argh!

      March 29, 2013

  • Jessica B.

    I enjoyed the film. I've read the book and understand that making a movie work from that can be difficult. But the two lead actors were great. And I can't believe I didn't hate KStew as Mary Lou.

    March 28, 2013

  • Devi T.

    It was good to see this movie with this knowledgeable and friendly group. Thanks! I probably wouldn't have gone to see it alone!

    March 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't make it.

    March 28, 2013

  • Super Julie B.

    Too much work to do today! I'll be at the Saturday "NO" show! Sorry!

    March 28, 2013

  • Don

    We'll likely wander over to Caffe Vita after the movie -- www.caffevita.com/locations/wa/cap­itol-hill

    March 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Strong maybe depending on work schedule.

    March 27, 2013

  • Devi T.

    Looking forward to this one! --Devi

    March 21, 2013

  • Bruce K.

    I'm going to decline, despite my major admiration of Viggo Mortenson oeuvre. I do this on the basis of reading the book some years ago. The point made by the reviewer is well-taken by me: How does one make a 'reputable' and palatable film about a pack of wastrels who were addicted to everything and cared not who had to pay for their excesses. Just thinking about Kerouac, Burroughs and Cassidy brings to mind the adage: If you lay down with rats, you get up with fleas.
    The inevitable comparison to Hunter Thompson is most apt for me. A man entirely willing to shorten his lifespan in the name of having a good time---if you can call their rolling self-immolation show that.

    I used to admire the antics of this 'Wild Bunch' and identify with their self-infatuated hedonism and what I see as their accidental stardom. If celebrity is handed out for bad behavior I think I got cheated. It just goes to show that outside my head I was never that good at being that bad.

    March 21, 2013

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