Twilight series icon Kristen Stewart stars in the new film version of On The Road by Jack Kerouac. This classic travel tale meanders across America with a jazz improvisation style and a thirst for freedom. As Jack himself explained the wanderlust: "Somewhere along the line I knew there'd be girls, visions, everything." It will take more than Stewart's chiseled beauty to measure up to this sprawling literary beast.
Director Walter Salles brought another 1950s travelogue to the screen in his acclaimed Motorcycle Diaries. Like Che Guevara, Kerouac prowls a vast landscape with his immense compassion only exceeded by his self importance. If the story can be done justice on film, this is the director to do it. Still, that's a mighty big IF.
Someone who looks a lot like me has been known to slur out at parties, "I love Jack Daniels, because it reminds me of good whisky." That could turn out to be the situation here. So, do yourself a favor by reading the book before you see the movie. Simply a flashback to this gnawing-hunger-for-space novel (combined with another gaze into Kristen's eyes) should be worth the ticket price.