Writers: Jack Kerouac (book), Jose Rivera (screenplay)
Stars: Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart
In this adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s novel, a young author travels America on writing adventures, while obsessing about his best friend/muse, Dean Moriarty. Thanks to Dean, he enjoys cross-country exploits fueled with drugs, alcohol and sex in all combos. While the performances and the pace keep it interesting, the narrative rambles all over the place (just like the characters). There’s not an emotional arc or any involving drama until the final few moments, but by that time, 4 people had walked out of my screening. If you want to see what wild times were like 1947 – 51 and see how they portray notable literary characters (Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, etc with some notable actors) you may find it interesting.
GAY ANGLE: Garrett Hedland’s sexy Moriarty has sex of all kinds (yes!) and seems to always answer the door naked.
Normally, I’d start with a plot summary, but this thing was confusing. I had no idea who the bad guys were, except for the president’s doppelganger with his plan to rule the world. It doesn’t matter anyway because a flick like this is strictly for the action and gadgets (some of which were neat). There’s lots of fighting, but most of it is lazy: blurry camera, jerky editing and pumped noise. You can’t really tell who’s hitting what. There is one cool sequence on a mountainside, but the rest is just a jumbled, unexciting mess.
GAY ANGLE: When Byung-hun Lee loses his shirt, it made the whole movie worthwhile.
Jerry Williams reviewed movies for WTVR-TV for 14 years and for Style Weekly for 10 years. When he launched his own website in 1998 at TVJerry.com, he took his reviews to the Internet. Through those hundreds of reviews, Jerry kept his sexual orientation muted. So, he's excited to be adding "gay angles" to his postings for GayRVA.com.