On The Road
Describe it in 25 words or less.
Pete: A film about the beat generation with drugs, sex, friendship with horrendous camera work thrown in.
Brigette: Writers on the road getting up to no good but it makes a damn good story.
Any particular reason for choosing this film?
Brigette: I’ve had the book by Jack Kerouac on my to-read list for a while now and I always watch the film first if possible. This way I’m very rarely disappointed, but after seeing this film, I’m not sure I want to read the book any more.
Brigette: Book Adaptation/Adventure
Who was your favorite character and why?
Pete: Sal Paradise only because everyone else was so annoying.
Brigette: Ma Paradise because she loved her son unconditionally.
Who was your least favorite character and why?
Pete: Dean Moriarty because he made me so angry and I got sick of him very early on (as soon as he opened the door in the nude for his introductory scene).
Brigette: Camille because I can’t respect someone who so obviously has no respect for themselves.
How was the casting?
Pete: This was the only thing in the film that didn’t disturb me.
Brigette: The casting was excellent. Who knew some of these actors could play such despicable characters so convincingly.
Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while?
Pete: The opening scene almost made me sick. We debated throughout the entire film weather or not we should continue. I always find it tough to stop watching anything after about the first few minutes. I was happy when it was finally all over.
Brigette: It was more like it slapped me in the face.
Pete: “Thank you for accepting my invitation for drinks after our perilous journey.” – Tall Thin Salesman to Sal & Dean
Brigette: “What I see in him is compulsive psychosis batched with a jigger of psychotic irresponsibility and violence.” – Old Bull Lee talking to Sal about Dean
What would you change?
Pete: I’d definitely make it shorter by about 123 minutes and then cut out the first 45 seconds or so.
Brigette: I don’t think there needed to be so much shock value in it but I suppose they were trying to get across to a modern audience how shocking the Beat Generation seemed back then.
How was the soundtrack?
Brigette: It was the only nice thing about the film. You can listen for yourself, we’ve added it to Spotify.
Would you watch it again?
Brigette: I already feel like I wished I could unsee some things in it, so NO.
How was the ending?
Pete: I was just glad it was all over.
What was the moral of the story?
Pete: Don’t be a loser.
Brigette: If you live a life full of drugs, alcohol, sex and travel you too can be a great writer.
Did you learn anything?
Brigette: In the 1940s, you paid your traffic violations on the spot with cash.
Who would you recommend it to?
Brigette: Pseudo-intellectuals and hipsters.
Beer pairing: (Pete’s specialty)
What epic road trip have you been on that would make a great story?