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On the Road on DVD or Blu-Ray

On the Road on DVD or Blu-Ray

On_the_Road_FilmPosterOn the Road by Jack Kerouac has often been thought of as a book that couldn’t and shouldn’t be filmed. So much would be lost in translation to the screen that it wouldn’t be worth doing. The original story only has a very loose plot. Sal Paradiso is an aspiring writer looking for experiences to write about and finds them in abundance with his new charismatic friend Dean Moriarty. They travel the country, sometimes with various wives, girlfriends, and hitchhikers and sometimes alone. They make friends, fall in love, and do a lot of drugs. The movie managed to build more of a storyline around the poetry and philosophizing in the book and I think it worked out pretty well. The acting is well done with the standout being Garrett Hedlund playing Dean Moriarty. Like with the book, you have to be open minded and go along for the ride. A lot of things hinted at by Jack Kerouac are acted out graphically in the movie. I did notice quite a bit of the innocence and enthusiasm was lost in the movie adaptation. You see the wives and children left behind and the loneliness and abandonment between friends who claim to love each other. If you loved the book give the movie a chance, you’ll probably enjoy the different perspective. If you hated the book you probably aren’t going to like the movie. And if you haven’t read the book, go read it.

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