Road kill



In this week's Indy, you'll find this brutal criticism of the film adaptation of Jack Kerouac's nationally cherished On the Road.

The review, by MaryAnn Johanson, doesn't stray far from that of many other critics, considering the film ranks in the 40s among by critics and audiences on Rotten Tomatoes.

Recently, I heard from one other person greatly dissatisfied with the bludgeoning of the American classic: Trinidad-based film scout Joe Tarabino, who has created the website On (and off) the Road (again).

Tarabino had worked on pre-production scouting efforts for this film several years ago, as this background explains, and he certainly had a vision for a film more faithful to the original text(s).

If you're a big Kerouac fan and care to read the review offered on Tarabino's site, click this document: slow_boat_to_china_.pdf

Otherwise, spend some time on his site for much more beating around the Beats.

On the Road
  • Not too many people are saying the film doesn't look nice. The grievances more so address the sad storyline.

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