Well, for those of you that didn’t get to see Walter Salles meandering adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, don’t worry—it’s coming back. After a planned wide release last December, the expansio was thwarted for one reason or another and will now be released again this spring. So in case you missed the film the first time around, new promotional clips have made their way online and this latsest one, courtesy of MTV, shows Kristen Stewart’s Marylou and Garrett Hedlund’s Dean in an intimate moment in the backseat of a car, naturally. The film is now apparently whittled down from its original Cannes running time, which will hopefully add some vigor to the picture.
When I spoke with Salles back in October, he told me that in crafting his adaptation of Kerouac’s iconic beat novel, he recognized that, "like jazz, where the instrument is an extension of the muscian," since Kerouac had a writing style in which the typewriter was an extension of himself. So in order to bring that vitality and energy to life, the film had to have an “impressionistic quality,” keeping the camera close to the actor’s body, aiming to connect the audience with the character’s experience.
And although he made a valiant effort here, I recalled that there was a "gnawing dissonance between reading the author’s words and hearing them recited in a film. Reading On the Road is an intimate and thrilling experience, but an inevitable amount of magic is lost in the translation as it plays out onscreen. Despite the fact that the long and winding road to the novel’s cinematic debut satisfies our visual curiosities of the text, it raises the question: are some parts of the road better left unpaved."
Anyway, check out the new clip from On the Road which you can see on VOD or when it hits theaters March 22nd