DVD: On the Road

Stars: Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Amy Adams, Kirsten Dunst
Director: Walter Salles

Sometimes it’s only when we look far and wide, even crossing across the country, can we find what we desire and who we aspire to be.

“On the Road” is based on a novel by Jack Kerouac that took place in 1940s. The novel is largely autobiographical, with stories that circle around Sal’s traveling adventure as a young writer with his new friend Dean. Sal’s decision to hop on spur-of-the-moment trips was initially ignited by his writer’s block. Later he began experiencing lifechanging events, the ones that enabled him to write and value his life differently. The movie depicts a similar youth culture of the era, signifying carefree lifestyle, romanticized freedom, as well as use of drugs. An essential aspect of the Beat Generation from the book is also evident, making it an inspirational watch for individuals who seek something outside of the mainstream world. As Sal put it, “The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.”

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