Toronto International Film Festival Part III

Words by Naomi Jeffreys

On the Road, any eager literature student will have heard of this legendary novel by Jack Kerouac. ‘The novel is based on the years Kerouac spent travelling the United States in the 1940s with his friend Neal Cassady and several other figureswho would go on to fame in their own right, including William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg.’

Whether or not the film can match the exuberance of life, youth and a protagonist finding out who he is whilst ‘on the road’ in America, remains to be seen. The reviews so far from its first screening at the Toronto Film Festival, with mixed reviews. Toronto Film Scene said: “This beautifully shot but ultimately directionless film…”, ” The much talked-about (among Twilight fans anyway) supporting turn by Kristen Stewart as Dean’s sexually aggressive child bride fails to make the audience forget dead-eyed Bella Swan”

Whereas Twithfilm.com said: “While Salles’ decision to cast [Sam] Riley and [Garrett] Hedlund proved inspired…” And “Luckily, Viggo Mortensen, Amy Adams, and Steve Buscemi show up with excellent (if not rather brief) performances along the way to add to the fellas’ journeys (and our enjoyment).”

The Rabbit Film so far remains rather skeptical about this adaptation, particularly in its casting Queen of the tabloids and Twilight star, Kristen Stewart. Whose performances to date have been dull, lifeless and nothing new. We will just have to wait until the film’s release on the 21st September in the UK

Check out these Red Carpet images of the On The Road Cast:

 

Walter Salles - "On The Road" Premiere - Arrivals - 2012 Toronto International Film Festival

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