Posted on 10/23/12 03:26 AM
... never really wanted to see movie adaptation of ON THE ROAD.
I clearly remember the first time I read it. It was 4 years ago, I was only 19 years old...and it became a Bible to me...
Words were just so powerful; I could almost feel wind in my hair, I could hear thundering sound of old Hudson that Neal Cassidy/Dean Moriaty drove and my room was full of wonderful sound of jazz.
So...I have already made On The Road movie in my head, but still curiosity was stronger than me...
From the start something was terribly wrong. I became aware that you cant translate words from Jack Kerouac to the screen.
Without his observations about people and places everything just feels empty and without meaning. All this people that felt wonderful and strange in the novel, on the screen came across as self important, selfish and even boring.
Also, this bromance between Jack and Neal is really not developed enough. In the novel, Mexico was final goal for this two guys, place where they hoped to experience ultimate freedom and happiness...in the movie, Mexico scenes are missed opportunity for this two to finally realize that there is no freedom, that universe is indifferent towards people. While I was reading the novel I got that bittersweet feeling of realizing that you are not a kid anymore, that you are not the center of the world.
Walter Salles was a good choice for director, it is not his fault for problems that this movie has...this is the best adaptation possible in my opinion; On The Road is just simply unfilmable.
Casting choices are all good, all actors give fine perfomances, even Kristen Stewart, and Walter Salles directs some scenes with beauty and grace. But, all that is not enough to save script that feels like a shallow rewriting of a beautiful source material.
Maybe I am wrong, Maybe I just got too old in the meantime to appreciate this kind of stories...