The iconic subversive ‘50s heroes Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassidy have finally made it to the big screen in the art house film, “On The Road.” It took 61 years of breathless anticipation to reach this happy day.
For what it’s worth, Garret Hedlund is a knockout as the manic Neal Cassidy and Sam Riley isn’t bad as Kerouac. Our erstwhile adventurers get wasted on drugs, booze and sex, but learn something about life if they could only remember what it was. I felt like I was on the road to San Franciosco and Mexico with those amazing lads that were like a fantasy as I read the classic novel in the early 1980s.
I am always late to the game and in my case I was watching “Father Knows Best” while Jack and Neal were boozing and debauching internationally. Although Kerouac has been dismissed as a great or talented writer, “On the Road” and references to Jack and Neal are part of the lexicon we know. Women are relegated to submissive roles in both the movie and book and that is addressed in the documentary “New York in the ‘50s.” You will also enjoy the “Ken Kessey’s Magic Tour” movie where Cassidy is the driver so get ready for adventure (in the ditch). I watched both after seeing “On the Road.”