There's a jazz and blues soundtrack befitting the works improvisational style. (The strung-out sentences may reflect a strung-out writer.) Sexy antique cars recall the sense of freedom America's open highways once inspired, when road trips were so cool they even made cheap motels and fast food seem like cultural advancements.
The movie also captures some of the novel's epic sprawl. It was shot in over 30 locations from Canada to Argentina. There is a quirky frolicking cast of characters, including Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Sam Riley, Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen, Amy Adams, Terrence Howard and Alice Braga.
The film shares Kerouac's artistic intentions (if not pretentions). Generous Quebec-government funding apparently freed the director from most box-office concerns or even ambitions. The French adore Quebecois mama's boy Jack for embracing what they consider high culture: jazz and the menage a trois.