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On the Road review
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An average movie

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It is rather surprising that it took them so long to finally adapt this seminal US classic and when I heard that Walter Salles was directing, it sounded really promising but, when it was released, it was rather poorly received. I still wanted to check it out though. Eventually, even though it was a decent attempt, the whole thing was indeed still rather disappointing. I mean, it did look pretty good and there was a rather impressive cast (Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Amy Adams, Tom Sturridge, Alice Braga, Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen, Steve Buscemi) but, unfortunately, the whole thing felt rather flat. Indeed, their way of life, this neverending journey was supposed to be fascinating and full of excitement but, while watching this, I couldn't help thinking that it seemed rather pointless. I also thought that Sam Riley and Garrett Hedlund were rather miscast. Indeed, in this adaptation, I thought that Sal Paradise was pretty much a wimp and Dean Moriarty an underwhelming gigolo. Those people should have been amazingly deep and smart, especially Moriarty who was supposedly the muse of the whole beatnik generation, but they sounded more or less like some rambling junkies/alcoholics. To conclude, in spite of its flaws, it remains an intriguing story and I still think it is worth a look but they could have done much better with this material.

6/10
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Added by johanlefourbe
3 years ago on 23 August 2014 08:14




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