One film I immediately forgot about when the whole “to do” over Kristen Stewart cheating on Robert Pattinson with her Snow White and the Huntsman director, Rupert Sanders, was Walter Salles’s On the Road. Whether people want to make a case for Stewart being a quality actress or not, the first thing you think about when you hear her name or Pattinson’s is the Twilight franchise and second her rabid fanbase. So, when the following international trailer arrived for On the Road, I thought to myself, Oh yeah, even Sundance Selects can’t be too happy about the potential loss of KStew fans that have turned their back on their beloved actress for her cheating ways.
Of course, this film’s number one target audience is hardly the drooling fans of the Twilight franchise and, as we all know, scandal only makes these actors even more prolific, even when it’s as trumped up as this one was, timed perfectly with the DVD and Blu-ray announcement of Snow White and the Huntsman. But hey, if that’s what you have to do to gain attention nowadays go for it.
As for On the Road, I saw it at Cannes and wasn’t exactly a fan (read my review here), my tagline being, “Well made, well acted, tedious, redundant and empty.”
I’ve never read Jack Keroac’s novel, which may have put me at a disadvantage in this case as I feel those that have a prior connection to the characters may be more likely to take more out of the film. I did, however, theorize over possible alternate interpretations of the film in search of taking something more out of it, but in the end still remain a bit limp on the whole experience.
Sundance Selects has yet to announce a Fall release date for the film, but you can watch the international trailer below, and as I said, you can read my review right here.