Kerouac’s ‘Big Sur’ adapted to film | Which Way L.A.?
I really wanted to hate the new Big Sur movie. Not only am I a fan of the book, but I’m a bigger fan of the place. The latest “On the Road” movie was just all kinds of suck. Totally unwatchable, the acting – worthless. I walked into the Sunset 5 ($12 ticket + $3 “amenity” fee, WTF is that?), prepared to be totally disappointed but was anything but. Loved the movie. Loved the pretty pictures of Big Sur. Loved the acting of Jean-Marc Barr, whoever the hell he is. Sure, it wasn’t perfect. The ending scene where Kerouac goes insane was a little much. The women in the movie could have been a little less one dimensional, tho this is more Kerouac’s fault than the director’s.
Here’s KCRW’s interview with Jean-Marc Barr (Kerouac) and Josh Lucas (Neal Cassidy). A good intro the Big Sur both the movie and book.