If you’re a fan of Kristen Stewart — and even if you’re not — you’ll fall under her spell as free spirit Marylou in the film adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s infamous novel, ‘On The Road.’
As the shockingly open-minded Marylou – who is a sexually liberated and eager-for-adventure young woman in 1947, a time when women were only supposed to be “good girls” — Kristen is totally believable!
She’s loaded with confidence, unlike Bella Swan, and boldly experiments with multiple sex partners — even threesomes. She’s eager to experience life and not afraid to risk getting hurt by loving her ex-husband, who just can’t seem to stop loving other women — and men.
It’s post-war America and the very beginning of The Beat generation – a time when some young people like Marylou, Dean Moriarty and key character Sal Paradise (Sam Riley), were breaking out of the lifestyle constraints and expectations that society had always imposed.
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This tight group of friends is practically drunk on the freedom of being able to explore their destinies, sexuality, and the very country itself. They literally go on the road multiple times, criss-crosssing the country, seeing friends, doing drugs, having sex, and — for Sal at least – looking for the meaning of life.
Kristen’s Marylou can’t break her ties with the sexually magnetic Dean Moriarty. So no matter that she shares him with his second wife Camille (Kirsten Dunst) and other various partners, she holds out hope that he will ultimately commit to her – his true love.
Kristen gives a tender, emotional performance as Marylou and she lets loose as never before in any of her other roles. When Kristen dances wildly with Hedlund’s Dean to jazz, she is completely at ease and submerged in Marylou.
Not even as Joan Jett in The Runaways has Kristen immersed so deeply in a character!
It’s a key reason to see this beautiful film version of On The Road, which completely captures the spirit of the first true age of artistic and spiritual freedom in America.
– Bonnie Fuller
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