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#1 Post by sikmansam » Fri Aug 17, 2012 5:20 pm

I haven't seen this thread anywhere yet, so i thought i would share my experience from yesterday. It was the UK premiere at the somerset house and my dad had brought some rather pricy tickets for us to go, Sam Riley, Tom Sturridge and Danny Morgan all came to speak briefly after what was a massive 2-3 hour wait.

The film, thankfully, was fairly enjoyable. There were some great performances from many, especially Kirsten Dunst and Garrett Hedlund, and i really enjoyed how they structured the book (which i read just earlier this year) to be more cinematic. This film is very, very dirty and at times just feels like an explosion of sex, weed, music, and more sex. But it's ultimately quite satisfying. I'd give it 7/10

As my first experience of an open-air screening, it was hugely uncomfortable to be sitting on the floor for such a long duration. A nice opportunity to have on paper, but one i probably won't return to in any hurry.

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#2 Post by AYBG » Sat Oct 06, 2012 6:50 pm

I loved Sam Riley in Control. Such a promising actor. Hoping this is a better vehicle for him than the straight-to-dvd action movie I noticed recently. Jeez.
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#3 Post by AYBG » Sat Oct 06, 2012 6:59 pm

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Directed by Walter Salles
Starring: Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley and Kristen Stewart

Plot: Young writer Sal Paradise has his life shaken by the arrival of free-spirited Dean Moriarty and his girl, Marylou. As they travel across the country, they encounter a mix of people who each impact their journey indelibly.

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#4 Post by abarthman » Mon Oct 08, 2012 8:55 pm

Just back from this at Edinburgh, Wester Hailes.

I had high hopes for it, but it was just over-long and boring to be honest. It picked-up occasionally, but not often enough for a two-hour film.

Several people walked out. Don't blame them.

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#5 Post by steve » Mon Oct 08, 2012 9:05 pm

What a load of crap. Haven't walked out of a film since I was a kid. Endured this for an hour before I had to leave. I go to the cinema to be entertained, this just seemed to be about sex and drugs. Now I'm no prude I've seen porn films (in my youth) with better storylines. Come to think of it this didn't have a storyline. I do hope it improved after I left as AK, Diane, her daughter, Betty botter and her OH looked like they were going to stick it out to the end. They can't have been enjoying it could they?

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#6 Post by havingascreen » Mon Oct 08, 2012 9:08 pm

I was at Wester Hailes too and although my OH threatened to walk out several times i managed to hold him back so i could see the end. I just didn't have enough empathy for the characters and all the sex just got boring and pretty seedy towards the end. The action jumped around too much which may have been to portray the 'out of it' journey they were all taking but it just ended up making it bitty and confusing. The actual dialogue was the most interesting part but this is the sort of book not made for the big screen. Wanted to know more about the characters they met along the way, felt it could have made more of them instead of fringing them around the action.

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#7 Post by steve9872 » Mon Oct 08, 2012 9:10 pm

What action? This was the worst film i've seen all year. I was actually falling asleep because nothing was happening.
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#8 Post by valda » Mon Oct 08, 2012 9:17 pm

I was dying to fall asleep but, everytime I was on the verge, more Jazz music blared out. If I was on the end of a row, I probably would have left.

Covent Garden had a gaggle of young girls in the back, talking and whispering to each out and laughing at the sight of 2 men 'at it' :roll:

What was probably a good book in the early 50's, didn't translate at all in this time and age. 5/10

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#9 Post by ejwrank » Mon Oct 08, 2012 9:26 pm

We also found this very disappointing. We didn't really care about anybody in the movie and it was boring. When they headed to Mexico my heart sank as I knew we had a bit more to endure. A real shame as we had hopes for it.

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#10 Post by akh43 » Mon Oct 08, 2012 9:30 pm

steve wrote:What a load of crap. Haven't walked out of a film since I was a kid. Endured this for an hour before I had to leave. I go to the cinema to be entertained, this just seemed to be about sex and drugs. Now I'm no prude I've seen porn films (in my youth) with better storylines. Come to think of it this didn't have a storyline. I do hope it improved after I left as AK, Diane, her daughter, Betty botter and her OH looked like they were going to stick it out to the end. They can't have been enjoying it could they?
Wish I'd have left when you went. I stayed thinking it would get better, but to be honest I can't say it did. Diane and I both thought the other was enjoying so stayed and only found out on the way out we all thought the same ... dire, trying to think of a worse film this year and struggling. I find it hard to believe all this happened in the late 40's, I'm no prude but it did seem a bit much for the time, did all this actually go on. It just seemed to be endless driving, which I expected, sex, more sex, stealing and selfish characters I could not relate to and at times boring. A friend at work was gutted she could not get tickets for this as she had read the book, she had a lucky escape.
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