Whale of a Tale Productions

A Post Production Company
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On the Road by Walter Salles (2012)

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The big screen adaption of Jack Kerouac’s 1959 novel of the same name is an acting tour deforce, and a look into Kerouac and his beatnik drug taking friends in the years just after World War 2. Sal Paradise (Sam Riley in the Kerouac role), through his beatnik friends meets the crazy and enigmatic Dean Moriarty (Garrett Hedlund from Tron Legacy in the Neal Cassady role) and his 16 year old wife Marylou (Kristen Stewart in her best acting roll yet, and yes she does get naked). Dean is crazy, bisexual, drug taking, and girl crazy, impregnating another girl Camille (excellently played by Kirsten Dunst. We follow there travels, which Sal documents, as they meet other crazies with cameos by Viggo Mortensen, Steve Buscemi, Terrence Howard and Amy Adams. We see Sal entangled with the crazy Dean and eventually pulling away and being himself and writing about his friend. Amazing performances and a really good if sad film. A slice of life, but worth checking out for sure.

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