‘On the Road’ Trailer & Clips: A Star-Studded Search for ‘It’

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On the Road 2012 Movie Trailer Clips On the Road Trailer & Clips: A Star Studded Search for It

Despite boasting an all-star cast that includes Viggo Mortensen, Amy Adams, (Blonde) Kristen Stewart, Sam Riley (13), Kirsten Dunst, Alice Braga (Predators), Garrett Hedlund (TRON Legacy), Steve Buscemi, Terrence Howard and Mad Men‘s Elisabeth Moss, we actually haven’t covered much of Walter Salles’ (The Motorcycle Diaries) adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, which is being produced by Francis Ford Coppola.

Personally, I’ve been a longtime detractor of Kerouac’s seminal novel about the rise of the Beat Generation – I’m “Camp Thompson” (as in Hunter S.) when it comes to narcotics-fueled excursions that serve as ruminations on American life and society. Still, On the Road is a film worth noting as it has recently premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, so today we have the latest clips and a previously-released trailer for the film to share.

In case you are unfamiliar with Kerouac’s novel, here is a quick synopsis of On the Road:

Following the death of his father, struggling young writer Sal Paradise (Sam Riley) embarks upon a journey with his friend and hero, Dean Moriarty (Garrett Hedlund), traveler and mystic. Dean and Sal are the portrait of the Beat Generation. Their search for “It” results in a fast-paced, energetic roller-coaster ride with highs and lows throughout the U.S.

Now check out a trailer and a few clips that show the all-star cast of young actors recreating a pivotal point in the history of American youth culture:

 Aside from Kristen Stewart’s fetching look as a blonde, and some gorgeous photography/cinematography from Salles and Eric Gautier (Into the Wild, Motorcycle Diaries), the most noticeable thing about this footage is the middling quality of the acting. Riley, Hedlund and Stewart don’t really sell the love triangle of the story in their tepid interactions – and the lack of chemistry again resurfaces in the scene between Dunst and Riley. The stiff atmosphere is only more ironic when you consider that the Beat Generation were supposed to be young men and women of unbridled spirit and passion. Granted, we haven’t seen much from some of the stronger actors in the cast – Buscemi, Howard, Adams and Mortensen – but if the young leads aren’t able to carry things sufficiently, the show will quickly begin to unravel.

Buzz from the Cannes Film Festival has been both positive and negative – with much of the talk inevitably veering off into discussion of Stewart’s multiple nude scenes. If that’s the sort of thing you’re interested in:

On the Road will hit theaters sometime TBD in 2012.

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  1. Id say viggo is the only all star in this cast

  2. You know how pumped everyone here was for The Avengers? That’s about how excited I was for On the Road and The Great Gatsby…And considering the pretty lackluster reviews for On the Road (and the lackluster clips/trailer), and the awful awful trailer for Gatsby, this year at the movies has gotten a lot less exciting.

    Oh well…At least there’s still Anna Karenina, Cosmopolis, and The Dark Knight Rises.

    • I can tell your a fan of the oscar wothy movies. More of a film buff than a blockbuster kinda guy.

  3. oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh! It has KStew in it so it HAS to be just awesome!

    • Whatever the reviews no one has had anything bad to say about her performance. In fact all the performances are supposed to be very good. Just sayin.

  4. You’ll have to take it up with Kofi’s parents since that’s his real name. And speaking of little 30-something pretentious… “The Todd”?

    Disagree with our articles, but insult the writers and you’ll find you already have one foot out the door here.



  5. This movie is so blah you’d never know there were actors, a director or an original text by kerouac involved. It’s a language and character driven, anecdotal novel which requires interesting actors who aren’t trying to wear their roles like a costume, a director who gets “it”, and an editor with imagination. These all seem to be lacking.

  6. “Stewart’s multiple nude scenes”……. MUST SEE THIS NOW!!!

  7. if stewart’s nude i may look but otherwise these are not my type of movies…this is one of few movies people really watch but get an oscars stll, just because a movie like “the avengers” is a different style doesnt mean it doesnt it shouldnt win…it obviously will be much better known this movie, besides it beating it in every way in the box office and having so many good reviews itself by critics as well…it should mean “the avengers” could be the winner of the oscars instead of all slow in depth movies that do, just sayin

  8. I really enjoyed many of Kerouac’s books when I was young, fanatically so. On the Road wasn’t among them. never understood how that book became a bible for the beats.

    all that said, i am interested in this film, but the clips did play really blandly. like the movie was missing a director, writer and actors. I have nothing against the actors either, not even KS, who has shown she can act in her non twilight work. but no one seemed to know what they should be emoting or evoking. they seemed bored, and that is what was conveyed to me. too bad.

    movies about any of the beats never seem to get it right. you’d think between the era, the music, the delerious characters, the words you could take right from works, that movies about the beats could practically make themselves, but they always end up bland or in the wrong key.

    oh well, they make one every so many years for the new crop of college types. maybe next time.

  9. p.s. I did love Naked Lunch, which seemed to feel just like reading the book felt. so I suppose they get it right once in a while.

  10. the young leads aren’t able to carry things sufficiently, the show will quickly begin to unravel.

  11. Any film about Jack Kerouac has to be enlightening.

    As to this critic’s Hunter Thompson vs Jack Kerouac stance-very young-
    Like Elvis & The Beatles: No Kerouac no Thompson.

    I’d love to see Kristen Stewart naked. That alone would be worth the price of admission.

    I first read Kerouac in 1965(“On the Road”) and Thompson in 1968(“Hell’s Angels”). There is definitely a direct line. Kerouac definitely taught the Thompson boy a thing or two-as he taught many.

    I speak as a major Thompson fan-In college we had a softball team called “Fear & Loathing”-all girls except for me. The requirement was you had to have read “Las Vegas”- I got all these 19 & 20 year old ex cheerleader types turned on to Thompson. I did my part.

    Jack Kerouac-glad to see his work come to light for yet another generation. He was all heart & like his tombstone reads “He Honored Life.”

  12. i dont know if these movie would””””””””””” you know what i mean,but still im a fan of robsten :}