Thursday, March 21, 2013

On the Road Review - 1 Star

Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund and Kristen Stewart try their darndest to recreate the 1950’s beat classic “On the Road.”  The story of three kids in the early 50’s driving cross country in an old car—in this case a Hudson that looks like the one from “Driving Miss Daisy.”  Anyway, they do a lot of drinking and drugs and sex.  The novel by jack Kerouac had great impact in the 1950’s and inspired the movement later known as “the beat generation”—sort of an anti-establishment early hippie philosophy.  I suspect the book might feel dated now.  The movie feels stale and self indulgent and doesn’t do much to advance Kristen Stewart’s career even as she desperately tries to movie beyond her “Twilight” days.  Maybe next time.  Does it deliver what it promises?  Movie adaptation of a somewhat dated book.  Is it entertaining?  Long and meandering.  Is it worth the price of admission?   Skip it and take your own road trip.