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On The Road

On The Road – 6/10

How do you make a coherent film out of a rambling classic book like On The Road?  Perhaps the answer is that you should just be happy with a corresponding rambling film or perhaps the answer is that you shouldn’t even try.

But I think it’s always worth a try. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t – that’s what taking a risk is all about. This film, out just a few months ago makes a fine attempt and, in my opinion, only narrowly misses it’s mark.

The book has a very loose structure and as such, it doesn’t translate nicely into the movie medium. However, the book has atmosphere and capturing that was almost enough to sustain the 1 hour 53 minutes.

The story, if you have missed it, is all about Sal Paradise and his travels across America with an expanding and contracting group of people. Dean Moriarty is one of his main companions and he enthrals Sal from the moment they meet.

The film will divide opinions, but it is inoffensive enough not to warrant such an argument.

The actor that plays Dean (Garrett Hedlund) often has bad haircuts and dodgy beards in films, but in On The Road, he looks and acts exactly how I pictured Dean. He’s good looking, sexy, cool and very horny.

One comment on “On The Road

  1. Raybeard
    March 31, 2013

    Badly wanted to see this one, but when it came it was only late night screenings. Despite your score of only ‘fair’ I’d still like to give it a shot.

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