I read “On the Road” in high school, thanks to a hippie-ish English substitute teacher. The book was cool, but at the time, I didn’t really like it on the whole. Nowadays, I understand more of the malaise and meaninglessness the books’ characters were running away from, so a re-read is probably in order.
However, I won’t really have to re-read it in earnest now that the film version of “On the Road” is coming out very soon. The film will be on VOD and in theaters the same day, March 22 and will eventually expand to over 150 playdates as well as being available on demand.
MTV has an exclusive clip from the film based on the popular Jack Kerouac book. In the clip, Garrett Hedlund and Kristen Stewart’s characters Dean and Marylou are sharing a small intimate moment. If you’re a prude, then you might not want to watch the beginning at work. Nothing graphic, but I just thought I’d warn you in case your boss happens to see you looking at a video in which two people are kissing in the back of a car.
“On the Road” is directed by Walter Salles and also stars Sam Riley, Amy Adams, Tom Sturridge, Danny Morgan, Alice Braga, Elisabeth Moss with Kirsten Dunst and Viggo Mortensen. The film also features performances by Amy Adams, Tom Sturridge, Danny Morgan, Alice Braga, Elisabeth Moss and Viggo Mortensen. The screenplay is by “The Motorcycle Diaries” scribe Jose Rivera.
“ON THE ROAD tells the provocative story of Sal Paradise (Sam Riley), a young writer whose life is shaken and ultimately redefined by the arrival of Dean Moriarty (Garrett Hedlund), a free-spirited, fearless, fast talking Westerner, and his girl, Marylou (Kristen Stewart). Together, Sal and Dean travel cross-country in a quest for freedom from the conformity and conservatism engulfing them, in search of the unknown, themselves, and the pursuit of “it” — the pure essence of experience. Seeking unchartered terrain and the last American frontier, the duo encounter an eclectic mix of men and women — Bull (Viggo Mortensen), Camille (Kirsten Dunst), Carlo (Tom Sturridge), Jane (Amy Adams), Terry (Alice Braga), and Galatéa (Elisabeth Moss) – each adding meaning to their desire for a new way of life.”