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.
The movie is based on the book written by Jack Kerouac, and if you’re a cool little hipster thing, then you’ve probably read all of his stuff. Or at least pretended to. Or maybe you’re just well-educated. Heck, you might even enjoy Kerouac’s writings. Maybe that’s how you ended up here. Who knows. I checked it out on my trusty Wikipedia source, and it says this about the book:
On the Road is a novel by American writer Jack Kerouac, written in April 1951, and published by Viking Press in 1957. It is a largely autobiographical work that was based on the spontaneous road trips of Kerouac and his friends across mid-century America. It is often considered a defining work of the postwar Beat Generation that was inspired by jazz, poetry, and drug experiences. While many of the names and details of Kerouac’s experiences are changed for the novel, hundreds of references in On the Road have real-world counterparts.
When the book was originally released, The New York Times hailed it as “the most beautifully executed, the clearest and the most important utterance yet made by the generation Kerouac himself named years ago as “beat,” and whose principal avatar he is.” In 1998, the Modern Library ranked On the Road 55th on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. The novel was chosen by Time magazine as one of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005.
So, oh my. I haven’t read a book on the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. Does that make me ignorant? Illiterate? Ensconced in modern-day drivel like Harry Potter and the Twilight series? I sure hope not. I mean, it’s got to count for something that I thought the movie looked good even before I actually read up on the plot, right?
All I know is that, no, I have not read the book, and I’m not going to put on any pretentious airs when I say that I’ve read any Jack Kerouac, because I am neither a cool little hipster thing, nor am I well-educated. No, strike that last thing. I’m pretty well-educated, I just never read the books enough to know whether or not I like them. But this movie! It looks pretty good, and I think it’s definitely going to be yet another role where Kristen Stewart can flex her acting muscles. I know a lot of you guys think she’s crap and can’t act her way out of a artfully-crafted-to-look-vintage holey faux-leather satchel, but you know what? I do. I really, really do.
You guys interested in seeing this movie? Have you read a lot of Kerouac? Is this something I’m missing out on big time? School a naive girl, OK?