Sam Riley in On The Road
I loved the book so my hopes were high for this adaptation. I really wanted to like it.
While the art direction was great and the camera work pleasing, the whole thing felt directionless. (Maybe it was edited this way to evoke the restlessness of a vagabond experience, but some scenes could’ve been cut to make the end product tighter and more focused.) It’s a shame because Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, Amy Adams, Tom Sturridge and yes, even Kristen “Breathing Is Acting” Stewart turned in truly heartfelt performances. I kept hoping that it would pick up and get better, but that never happened.
You know a film is excellent when two and a half hours leaves you wanting more. It’s bad when two and a half hours feels like four days. Unfortunately, On The Road belongs in the latter category.