On the Road!
We are looking forward to the very soon to theaters release of the film adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road.”
Kerouac’s masterpiece, of course, changed the landscape of American literature. This work and movement’s (the beat movement) influence can be seen today in almost all American literature. It was a freeing, amazing release, the Rock ‘N Roll of literature. At the same time the world was waking up to an explosion in music, poets and novelists were finding a similar explosion in literature. Kerouac’s novel changed not only the subject matter that was being written about, but the way those subjects were talked about. The long flowing poetic language of the vast American landscape. The freedom writing and living and being young and crazy and doing everything your parents said not do to.
You can see that we are a little enthralled with Kerouac’s work, and so we are hoping for a well done film to bring the book back into the public eye. It is odd to us that an iconic American story has to be made by a “Brazilian, French-UK, -US co-production” company? (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_the_Road_(film)).
We are also a little worried about Kristen Stewart playing Marylou. This could be a good thing due to her popularity, it might be a bad thing if she does as well as she did in the Twilight movies.
At any rate, I feel these types of recreations of aging literature is an outstanding way to reinvigorate the public about a piece, if the film does well and is done well. Let’s hope it turns out to be the case here. Look for a review of the film here at EWR. Also, when it does hit theaters, go see it.