On the Road In On the Road , Walter Salles' reverent, almost painfully literal adaptation of Jack Kerouac's birth-of-the-Beat-spirit novel, the characters keep getting high on one thing… On the Road In On the Road , Walter Salles' reverent, almost painfully literal adaptation of Jack Kerouac's birth-of-the-Beat-spirit novel, the characters keep getting high on one thing… 2012-12-21 R PT123M Drama Amy Adams Steve Buscemi Kirsten Dunst Garrett Hedlund Viggo Mortensen Sam Riley Kristen Stewart Terrence Howard Elisabeth Moss MK2
Movie Review

On the Road (2012)

MPAA Rating: R
'ROAD' TRIP Jack Kerouac's novel finally comes to life in this star-studded film
'ROAD' TRIP Jack Kerouac's novel finally comes to life in this star-studded film
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Dec 21, 2012; Rated: R; Length: 123 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Amy Adams, Steve Buscemi, Kirsten Dunst, Garrett Hedlund and Viggo Mortensen...; Distributor: MK2

In On the Road, Walter Salles' reverent, almost painfully literal adaptation of Jack Kerouac's birth-of-the-Beat-spirit novel, the characters keep getting high on one thing or another: drugs, twisty jazz dancing, unbridled sex, poetic streams of language. On a car ride to nowhere, Sal (Sam Riley), the Kerouac figure, gets naked with Dean (Garrett Hedlund), the life-force stud narcissist modeled after Neal Cassady, and Marylou (Kristen Stewart), Dean's naively game ex-wife. The odd thing about the movie, which is set in the late '40s and '50s, is that even as we're observing all of this mad sensual activity, it's staged with a kind of museum-piece diligence. The best thing here is Hedlund's wildly cracked acting as Dean, whose hunger for life — erotic, insatiable, destructive — kindles a fire that will light the way to a new era. Yet what Salles doesn't conjure is the rapture of Kerouac's bohemian romanticism. Wthout it, On the Road is a remote experience, all reason and no rhyme. B-

Originally posted Jan 02, 2013 Published in issue #1241 Jan 11, 2013 Order article reprints
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Weekend of Nov 16 Box Office Source: Rentrak Corp.
Rank Title Weekend Gross* Weeks on Chart Cume. Gross* EW Grade
1.
Dumb and Dumber To
Universal
$38.1 1 $38.1 C-
2.
Big Hero 6
Walt Disney Pictures
$36.0 2 $111.7 B+
3.
Interstellar
Paramount
$29.2 2 $97.8 B-
4.
Beyond the Lights
Relativity
$6.5 1 $6.5 B+
5.
Gone Girl
Fox
$4.6 7 $152.7 A
6.
St. Vincent
Weinstein Co.
$4.0 6 $33.3 B
7.
Fury
Sony
$3.8 5 $75.9 C+
8.
Nightcrawler
Open Road
$3.0 3 $25.0 B+
9.
Ouija
Universal
$3.0 4 $48.1 C-
10.
Birdman
Fox Searchlight
$2.4 5 $11.6 A-
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