Friday, March 22, 2013

On the Road


When a movie premieres at Cannes and generates buzz it automatically has the aura of importance.  And if that movie is based on a Jack Kerouac novel about a young writer trying to experience life (i.e. travel the road, drink, smoke, and have sex) in order to create something 'important' then you have the recipe for a movie that seems important and deep, at least from a distance.  But it actually couldn't be less so.  It's pointless and shallow.  Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, and Kristen Stewart star, and one is less engaging than the next.  Fortunately the occasional cameos including Viggo Mortensen, Amy Adams, and Steve Buscemi help make it palatable, but only barely.

Grade: D+ 

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