Rent On the Road (2012)

2.9 of 5 from 110 ratings
1h 59min
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Synopsis:
After the death of his father, Sal Paradise (Sam Riley), an aspiring New York writer, meets Dean Moriarty (Garrett Hedlund), a young and dangerously seductive ex-con. They hit it off immediately. Determined not to get trapped in a narrow life, the two friends burn their bridges and hit the road: thirsting for freedom, they discover the world and themselves.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Charles Gillibert, Nathanaël Karmitz, Rebecca Yeldham
Writers:
Jack Kerouac, José Rivera
Studio:
Lionsgate Films
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Drama
BBFC:
Release Date:
25/02/2013
Run Time:
119 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Bonus:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Stills Gallery
BBFC:
Release Date:
25/02/2013
Run Time:
124 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Bonus:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Stills Gallery

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Reviews (2) of On the Road

Solid, if straightforward, interpretation of the book - On the Road review by BS

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Interesting film-of-the-book, which I feel left out much creative interpretation into the characters, or the deeper meaning of the journeys. Ultimately it became a series of rides and tableaux, and didn't actually take the viewer anywhere new or special.

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Depicts the book directly onscreen - On the Road review by DH

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The film depicts the book (which I've only read in the scroll version) on screen, obviously missing out many of the events in the book, such as almost everything that happened in all the visits to Denver. The book is a romanticising of the travels and relationships by the author; in film it can't help but show what happens, rather than a romanticised version of it, and so it reduces some of the spiritual moments to their rather more squalid reality. It also adds some events to make a few nods towards the spirit of the book that were less emphasised in the text.

I watched it with someone who had not read the book, and they liked it, but I think you would get a lot more out of it if you have read the book first. Having read the book you may disagree with the depictions of the characters, of course. Personally I particularly liked the Allen Ginsberg character.

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Critic review

On the Road review by Alyse Garner - Cinema Paradiso

Based on the Jack Kerouac novel of the same name On the Road tells the story of Sal Paradise, an aspiring writer who, after the death of his father, decides to throw off the shackles of his home life and venture across the country in search of freedom and inspiration. With enigmatic ex-con Dean Moriarty, and his girlfriend Marylou, by his side Paradise crosses the United States, meeting a wealth of characters along the way, even the briefest of whom changes his life forever.

The film is all sex, jazz, drugs and the beautiful American landscape as the characters zigzag across the country in search of nothing whatsoever, going nowhere at all, and running from nothing but time. On the Road makes a genuine attempt to capture that freedom of spirit that made Kerouac’s novel the bible of the beat generation.

Largely, thanks to The Motorcycle Diaries director Walter Salles, the movie achieves this; the scenes leaving visual imprints on your mind and thirst fuelling pangs for adventure on your soul.

The highlights of the movie are the simple acts of talent that are the cinematography of Eric Gautier, who also worked with Salles on Diaries, and the sublime acting talents of Garrett Hedlund who plays, not the lead Sal, but the sex-crazed seemingly bipolar Moriarty. Hedlund’s performance swings and slides smoothly from that of a beautiful seducer, the charming boy next door and vile callousness with such ease that just as you find yourself hating him you suddenly find yourself completely unsure why. It is Hedlund’s show stealing performance that truly makes this film the captivating entertainment that it is.

Though fans of the original Kerouac book are likely to howl in anger at any slight diversions from the literary masterpiece, even they will find themselves admitting that On the Road pulls you in, just as Kerouac did, allowing you to live this brief dream of freedom as though you’re in the backseat of Moriarty’s car.

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