After 55 years, Jack Kerouac’s exploration of the beat generation has made it to the big screen. Walter Salles’s highly anticipated adaption premiered at Cannes this week and gave lucky festival-goers the chance to see Sal Paradise (Sam Riley), Dean Moriarty (Garrett Hedlund) and Marylou (Kristen Stewart) as they travel across the US and experience life On the Road
The majority of us weren’t lucky enough to attend the Cannes screening but fear not: MTV has supplied us with two new clips to tide us over until the official release this fall.
Stewart shows a more contemplative side to the wild and free-spirited Marylou, as she doubts her relationship with the charismatic but unpredictable Dean. I, for one, am slightly disappointed. This film could be Kristen Stewart’s chance to show the world she can do more than just pout and be melancholy, unfortunately this clip doesn’t deliver anything particularly new from the actress.
Playing the other woman in Dean’s life is Kirsten Dunst as Camille, a character based heavily on Carolyn Cassady, beat writer and on and off wife of Neal Cassady, who inspired the character of Dean Moriarty. Here, she dances with Sal to some awesome slow-jazz.
This is more like what I was expecting: dreamy lighting, the music so important to the book, and the conversation between Sal and Camille hinting that what they aren’t saying is far more important than what they are. Along with the other snippets of footage we’ve seen of Dunst, this looks promising.