One to Watch: On the Road

Words by Naomi Jeffreys

Jack Kerouac was a brilliant writer, he crafted his words, moulded them, shaped them: “and I shambled after as I’ve been doing all my life after people who interest me, because the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones that never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn…”.

His genius writing in his most famous novel, On the Road has been made in to a film starring Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen and Amy Adams. Directed by Walter Salles and adapted for the screen by Jose Rivera the film promises to be chock full of sex, drugs and ‘life on the road’.

The film follows Dean and Sal, who are the portrait of the Beat Generation. Their search for “It” results in a fast paced, energetic roller coaster ride with highs and lows throughout the U.S.

Now, having devoured Kerouac’s excellent novel I can only hope that the film captures the atmosphere in the book. An atmosphere of freedom, youth, beauty and one young man’s journey to find himself along the road.

With brilliant actors such as Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund and Amy Adams, who have swung wildly between mainstream cinema and indie cinema one can only hope that the film lives up to the expectations of the millions of fans across the world who have read and loved Kerouac’s autobiographical novel.

I for one urge you to see this film when it is out in cinemas in September, if you want brilliant storytelling, about real people, if you want to see freedom and truth on screen. Then see this.

“What’s your road, man?–holyboy road, madman road, rainbow road, guppy road, any road. It’s an anywhere road for anybody anyhow.”

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