Kristen Stewart stars in 'On the Road'
'On the Road' isn't worth the wait caused by the project's long development period.
Jack Kerouacâ€™s iconic novel â€śOn the Roadâ€ť has been in Hollywoodâ€™s cross hairs ever since it was published back in 1957. Kerouac himself wanted Marlon Brando to make a movie of it, and for many years, Francis Ford Coppola was involved. Heâ€™s still listed as an executive producer for the Walter Salles film of â€śOn the Road,â€ť starring Sam Riley as Sal (modeled on Kerouac), Garrett Hedlund as Dean Moriarty (based on Neal Cassady) and Kristen Stewart as Deanâ€™s mercurial wife Marylou (based on LuAnne Henderson).
Was it worth the wait? Not really, and not just because the wait has outlasted the storyâ€™s immediacy. Kerouacâ€™s novel about wayfaring bohemians hitting the open road is a classic expression of the American dream; but the way itâ€™s done here, it seems more like a time capsule thatâ€™s been dug up long past its expiration date. Salles tries to approximate Kerouacâ€™s hopped-up prose by shooting the film in jittery jump-cuts, and the actors seem to be careening between scenes rather than inhabiting them. Itâ€™s all rather exhausting, as opposed to exhilirating. Grade: C (Rated R for strong sexual content, drug use and language.)