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A Faithful Adaptation of Kerouac's Book,
This review is from: On the Road [DVD] (DVD)
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Adapting Kerouac's novel for the screen was never going to be easy. The book's subtext and specific sequences of words are vital to its impact. How to express that on screen? Short of having the main character narrate every word from the book (which would make this a visual audiobook rather than a film), it would be impossible to communicate all the sentiments contained in the novel. Nevertheless, the film does a decent job of conveying the characters' angst, jealousy, confusion, soul-searching and sexual exploration. Key events from the book are selected for the film, which is far from comprehensive yet has a feeling of completeness about it. Casting choices were excellent: the ensemble cast bring a classic piece of American beat writing to life.
'On the Road' is one of the definitive road novels. It is also one of the beat generation's literary landmarks, despite being as immature and flawed as its characters.
If you've read the book, give this film a whirl. If not, read the book.