Though there’s plenty of cool jazz in the background, the movie lacks the novel’s exuberant syncopation — it misses the beat as well as the Beat. Some day someone may make a movie worthy of On the Road, but Salles wasn’t the one to try. This trip goes nowhere.
Memory Babe author Gerald Nicosia saw the premiere in Cannes. I hope to get some insight from him about the movie and share it here on The Daily Beat.