‘On the Road’ Trailer: Watch the Beat Generation in Motion

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 10:01 pm,

The domestic teaser trailer for On the Road is a series of moving snapshots that encapsulate the jazzy lifestyle of the Beat Generation, as originally covered in Jack Kerouac’s famous pseudo-autobiographical book.

Several famous faces and big-name cast members flash by here, leaving little time for viewers to even register what they’ve seen. Nonetheless, essential players who pop up in the teaser include Garrett Hedlund (TRON Legacy), Kristen Stewart, Sam Riley (13), Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen, and Terrence Howard. Such actresses as Amy Adams, Alice Braga (I Am Legend), and Mad Men‘s Elisabeth Moss also help bring the character chorus of Kerouac’s tale to life.

On the Road tells the story of a generation through the eyes of three people: writer Sal (Riley) as well as free-spirited couple Dean (Hedlund) and Marylou (Stewart). The trio venture across the country with no pre-set physical destination, but driven by a desire to find “it”: the “pure essence of experience” that will be uncovered once social customs have been subverted – thus, setting the stage for a new way of living (that’s the theory in a nutshell, anyway…).

Ideals and notions about up-ending the established order were all the rage during the counter-cultural movement of the mid-20th century, back when Kerouac wrote his self-definitive piece of literature. Of course, the flip side of the coin is Hunter S. Thompson, who explored the darker side of sex, drugs, and damning-the-man through stories like The Rum Diary – before touching on the disintegration of the movement with Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

on road trailer On the Road Trailer: Watch the Beat Generation in Motion

Kristen Stewart and Garrett Hedlund dancing in ‘On the Road’

Directing duties for On the Road were handled by Walter Salles of The Motorcycle Diaries fame. However, the advance critical buzz on Salles’ new period-drama/road trip film is more lukewarm, with the general consensus pointing to an adaptation that’s visually-captivating, but fails to capture the spirit of Kerouac’s literature. To be fair, that was always going to be tricky, given how many of the writer’s once-revolutionary ideas are now regarded as clichés.

Still, On the Road seems worthy of attention, if only for those who love (or are curious about) Kerouac’s source material – not to mention, moviegoers who want to see what Hedlund and Stewart are like when they’re not acting in mainstream popcorn fare (or Twilight, in Stewart’s case). For those interested: we also have an international trailer and several clips from the film that you can watch now for free.

On the Road begins a limited U.S. theatrical release on December 21st, 2012.

Source: Yahoo! Movies

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  1. Great. A movie about hippies. With Kristen Stewart. I’m thrilled.

    • Hippies? You’re a couple decades off…

      • hahaha i was thinking the same thing! it’s sad that the beats are always compared to hippies, and that the beat gen. morphed into the hippie counterculture….now i wanna see something on the bohemiens..

  2. Kristen Stewart looks hot

  3. maybe next time read the first line of the review..lol

  4. I feel bad for robert pattinson and i dont even like robert pattinson….

  5. a movie about beat-nicks-free spirit people. no,thank you.

  6. From both a literary and cultural perspective it will be interesting to see how the Beatnik “bible” translates onto the big screen. Part of the difficulty I think is that most audiences …especially younger ones can’t appreciate the significance the Beatnik movement has had on society and subsequent generations. Regardless of how people may feel about them, culturally and socially they have left their mark.

  7. This is a totally misunderstood generation. Discovering everything we were taught about the world-the war, our government, the role in our family, our place in society-was basically a lie and then daring to speak out about it and change the world? Awesome. Brave.

  8. Kristen Stewart still looks like she is 12 years old.

    • Pedo Bear: “I don’t get it, is that a problem?”.