Films that are based on popular books, especially films that are released a long time after the book was published, are sometimes difficult to enjoy just for what they are. Everybody has their own vision of the story from their own mental perspective. So, it makes sense that this film has received mixed reviews. I felt that the film makers definitely assumed that the audience for this movie has already read On The Road and are fans of it. It would be difficult to enjoy this movie without having read the book and knowing a little about the Beat Generation.
With that being said, I liked this film. It was a nice way to spend a Sunday afternoon and I’m glad I went. It was a little slow at times, but it did stay pretty true to the book.
Here’s a party scene with Kristen Stewart as Mary Lou (LuAnne Henderson) and Garrett Hedlund as Dean Moriarty (Neal Cassady) dancing to “Salt Peanuts” on New Year’s Eve. I love “Salt Peanuts” (and Bebop in general) because of it’s energy and this version is especially fast.