"On The Road" Review by Love Film
Six years after writing roadtrip odyssey On The Road, Kerouac penned a one-page letter to Marlon Brando asking him to play Dean Moriarty while Kerouac himself would play Sal Paradise. Brando never wrote back.
But after decades driving in the circles of development hell, On The Road finally arrived on the big-screen in Cannes today to give us, among other things, a look at Garret Hedlund’s bare ass. But the Tron Legacy actor shows an awful lot more than that, cranking up the charisma to become the gravitation centre of Salles’ movie about decadent free-spirit Dean Moriarty (Hedlund) and Kerouac alter-ego Sal Paradise (Sam Riley) on the search for ‘it’ in ‘40s America.
Flesh is flashed, cigarettes are smoked, Benzedrine quaffed, talk is talked and Hollywood stars including Terrence Howard, Viggo Mortensen and Amy Adams show up on route (not to mention an image of Steve Buscemi, frankly, that no one needs to see).
But despite some predictably gorgeous lensing and jazzy energy, Salles’ movie never succeeds in its own search. Riley and Kristen Stewart are left behind by Hedlund’s lazy intensity and for all the sex, drugs, driving and jazz, it’s an awkward threesome that never sparks enough chemistry – erotic or emotional – to pull us into their journey.
Credit => Love Film