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Review: On The Road (2012)

On The Road (dir. Walter Salles, 2012) – Young writer Sal Paradise begins his life on the road, sparked by the carefree spirits of his new friend Dean Moriarty.

Verdict

Though well-produced and acted, this dry adaptation fails to grasp the life in Jack Kerouac’s words and the vibrancy of his characters.

2/5
Review

I first read On The Road in secondary school. Back then, I found Jack Kerouac’s words most alluring in his cadence. The eloquent author left a mark with such vivid, instinctive dialogues that flow with such energy, life and heart. More than a story, the novel is a rare invitation to a drifter’s vast world and a free spirit’s winding journey.

“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.”

– On The Road, Jack Kerouac

So when I heard about a new movie adaptation, I was excited. The tone seemed on the right track as Sam Riley’s narration rasps over its trailer along the verve of the beat. After a long wait, the DVDs hit the shelves and sadly failed to match my expectations.

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RIP, Christopher Hitchens.

Over the years, I have never found the eloquence or wit to defend my belief, or lack thereof. In search of perception and reason, I had my first encounter with the works of Christopher Hitchens earlier this year.

Then, I began on the provocatively controversial title, God Is Not Great. In the compelling pages ahead, I found truths not just in his vivid argumentation on religion, but his propagation of independent thinking. Every word offered learned insight into complex issues that matter. His essays also invite us to question what we learn and what we are taught.

As a writer, I’m inspired by his words. As a reader, I’m inspired by his impactful ideas of true morality, which will live on and continue to change the world for the better.

It would be unfair to define Christopher Hitchens solely by his atheism. He was an honest and audacious thinker with rationality unimpeded by scorn. He was a frank intellect with quick wit, quite often unmatched. Despite his passing, he will be survived by every word, essay and debate, and we thank him for his quest for the truth.

Rest in peace, Christopher Hitchens.
13 April 1949 – 15 December 2011