The film, which also stars Sam Riley, Amy Adams and Viggo Mortensen, will finally get the acid test when it’s released nationwide Mar. 22.
Stewart and Hedlund are being counted on to provide the sparks.
The film was released in a limited run last year to qualify for various awards, but it got none. And, the critics who saw it weren’t too kind either. It has a dismal 43 percent rating on rottentomatoes, which tracks reviews.
Even worse, only 43 percent of those who saw the movie gave it a thumbs up. So it’s unlikely word-of-mouth will save it from the critics when it hits theaters. Wisely, the film is heading for video on demand along with its theatrical debut.
On the plus side, some heavy hitters like David Denby of The New Yorker liked the film, although his review seems to be damning with faint praise. He calls it a “pleasant but undistinguished adaptation” of Jack Kerouac’s 1957 novel.
Both The New York Post and The New York Daily News are positive, but is that only because The New York Times trashed it?
“It all seems – dare I say it? – of little consequence,” wrote The Times’ Steven Holden.
In fact it’s shocking to see the disparity of views, even among the big hitters. They either love it, or hate it; not much middle ground.
If the film has any chance, Stewart and Hedlund need to bring the heat. The new 43-second clip shows them kissing passionately, where else? but in the car. Hedlund, as Dean Moriarty, the stand-in for Kerouac’s earthy real-life buddy Neal Cassady, is trying to figure out a way to keep burning the candle at both ends.
“Now listen, darling, you know that I’m capable of everything at the same time, and I have unlimited energy. So when we get back to San Fransisco, let’s absolutely go on living together,” he says.
“I know just the place for you to live. I’ll be home every night and be at Camille’s in the morning. I’ve done it before, so she’ll never know,” he says about his, ahem, wife, Camille, played by Kirsten Dunst. So this is what the search for deeper meaning in life is all about?
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