On the Road, the movie

If anyone is a fan of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, I can say that the movie version is definitely worth seeing. It lacked a lot of the literary style in the book, but in fairness there’s no real way to translate that to the screen — Director Walter Salles does a remarkable job in getting as close as anyone could. My only critique is that I think it was light on Kerouac’s mysticism. In the book, Sal Paradise looks up to Dean Moriarty as a kind of spiritual guru. It wasn’t completely absent in the movie, but it seems that they downplayed that aspect of their relationship. Again, in fairness, maybe that doesn’t translate well to the screen. Still, conspicuously, they left out one of the best lines from the book in the closing narration: “… and don’t you know that God is Pooh Bear?”