“On The Road” Gets Good Reception

The 1950s Kerouac classic, “On the Road,” has finally hit the big screen. Starring Sam Riley and Garret Hedlund (pictured), it has just premiered at Cannes, and is racking up pretty good reviews. Indiewire says it’s “lustrous but long-winded.” Jeffrey Wells is more unalloyed in praise: “‘On The Road is masterful and rich and lusty, meditative and sensual and adventurous and lamenting all at once. It has Bernardo Bertolucci‘s ‘nostalgia for the present’ except the present is 1949 to 1951 — it feels completely alive in that time. No hazy gauze, no bop nostalgia. Beautifully shot and cut, excitingly performed and deeply felt — it’s much, much better than I thought it would be given the long shoot and…I forgot how long it’s been in post but it feels like ages. It’s so full of life and serene and mirthful in so many different ways.”

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