Tom Sturridge and Sam Riley appear at the London premiere of the upcoming adaption of Jack Kerouac novel, On the Road. The premiere was held on August 16 at the Somerset House.
Jack Kerouac’s, On the Road was the quintessential work defining the post-war Beat Generation that was influenced by jazz, poetry and their drug experiences. The novel was largely autobiographical piece depicting the cross-country travels of Kerouac and his friends. The names in the book were changed with Kerouac becoming Sal Paradise and Dean Morriarity standing in for larger-than-life, Neal Cassady.
The movie stars Sam Riley as Sal Paradise, Garrett Hedlund as Dean Morriarity, Kristen Stewart, Kristen Dunst, Amy Adams, Viggo Mortensen, Steve Buscemi and Tom Sturridge.
It’s taken more than 40 years to adapt the novel into a movie because many think any movie version will never do justice to such a definitive piece of literature. The novel, like J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye inspired generations of people and is weaved into the fabric of the American consciousness. To read On the Road is a transcendent experience taking the reader to lost era of freedom and rejection of societal norms that can’t be experienced today. Kearouac’s voice and words are so clear in the novel that it takes on a life of its own. I believe the feeling of the On the Road will be difficult to interpret into a visual medium.
With that said, most media outlets have ignored the movie entirely and concentrated on the fact that Kristen Stewart was missing from the London premiere. Another of the film’s stars, Garrett Hedlund was also absent from the premiere but there was no mention of that.
In the recent issue of Entertainment Weekly, Bill Condon, the director ofBreaking Dawn 2 talks about stars of the movie, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in context to the recent vitriol surrounding Stewart’s personal life.
” ‘Both of these actors gave heart and soul to the Twilight movies, not only during shooting but also by navigating so graciously the whole life-in-a-fishbowl aspect of the phenomenon,’ he says. ’Above all, they have always shown great respect for the fans who made these movies such a success. Now it’s time that some of that respect be returned to them.’ ”