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On the Road Reviews

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½ June 19, 2014
this did not translate well into film. i stopped watching halfway through.
June 15, 2014
They have significantly changed the plot from the book! To me, this ruins the movie - makes it worthless. The film already lacks, with a few brief exceptions, what makes the book worthwhile, that is its poetic language. There are a few spots of narration when we get Kerouac's poetic writing, and that is nice. So to me, seeing the movie was about the plot, and they fundamentally destroyed that.

From the first line (the first line!) they change the plot by the narrator (Sal/Kerouac) saying, "I first met Dean not long after my father died." The book, on the other hand, says, "I first met Dean not long after my wife and I split up." And this divergence from the true author's plot is repeated later in the film when we see Sal typing the book on a scroll he created and it is the wrong (the movie) version.

Why would they do such a thing? I can only conclude that it is to support the other changes they have made to the plot. The film that follows is full of gay activity, not just surrounding Carlo who is gay in the book, (and who represents Allen Ginsberg, whom we know to be gay), but between Dean and Sal to a limited extent, and between Dean and Allen and others to a greater extent. It kind of seemed like a soft gay porno at times. I recommend reading the book instead.
½ May 25, 2014
Incredibly bad. I'm not sure how anyone can really adapt On The Road into a movie without it lacking in some way. I really did not like the portrayal of the characters, again i'm trying to say to myself "don't compare it to the book" but i can't help myself. Whoever thought Sam Riley was any good as Jack Kerouac? Sometimes there are faces that just call to be at the end of a fist. The book is such an all over the place mess (that i very much enjoyed) that any movie would feel exactly the same, which is not interesting to watch nor does it have the same value and experience one gets when reading. So...no thanks.
½ May 23, 2014
Read the book a long time ago but couldnt really make sense of the movie. A shame really coz the book is excellent.
May 8, 2014
Visually, it's a good movie. The actors do a fine job at portraying the characters. It's a good film to look at, but overall, something is lacking. It feels almost as if no moral is intended with this movie and it's all so dull.
May 6, 2014
That was a movie? It was trashy and cheap. Kristen Stewart looked and played the role of a drug attic. It's not like we haven't seen her do that before.
May 3, 2014
I own this on DVD and Blu-Ray.
½ May 3, 2014
I like this film.There is a plaintive mood.
½ April 1, 2014
As a fan of Kerouac, I expected a drab boring film, much like every other Kerouac film I've seen (see the last time I committed suicide) however, I was impressed with the actors they chose for the leads, and Kristen Stewart is unforgettable as Marilou. The film was a little long, and I expected it to stick to the novel a bit more, but in all, I'm impressed.
½ March 16, 2014
Dumb stupid nothing but sex scenes,
½ March 12, 2014
I really enjoyed this novel because of the power and emotions the writer and his friends went through during the late 1940's to early 1950's. Very anger that this film didn't focus on the emotions and thought processing of the main Character Sal, let alone skip the chapters of Finding Deans fathers and exploring the Mexican culture of the 1950's. As well the inspiration, and energy, that was given to the reader after finishing Jack's book. Overall; Amazing novel, very disappointing film. 1.5/5
March 9, 2014
omg it was so good i loved it :)
½ February 22, 2014
So much potential, just fell very short.
February 21, 2014
was good liked hot extreme content
February 15, 2014
Boring, tiring, not interesting.
February 13, 2014
Despite the obvious enthusiasm of the screenwriter, the director, and the actors for Kerouac's novel, they get it wrong. Probably nobody can get it right, since the power is in the words, not the story. I say SKIP IT!!!
February 8, 2014
Not an amazing adaptation, this is still an entertaining and intriguing adaptation of Kerouac's novel. Beautifully filmed and featuring some great moments, the film waters down the poetic vigor of the novel at times, yet it still manages to keep us engaged. Viggo Mortensen, in particular, is amazing during the Burroughs scenes, which definitely could have been more prolonged. The female characters seem two-dimensional, but then they seem that way in the novel too. A flawed film of a flawed novel, On the Road still manages to be convey some of the qualities that make the novel so iconic and influential.
January 26, 2014
I love Kerouac's book and had high hopes for the movie. It was okay, I guess, but not special. I would read the book again, but I wouldn't watch the movie again...
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