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On the Road is finally coming to US theaters tomorrow so there is a fresh batch of reviews for the movie. To celebrate the release, I wanted to spotlight some of the great comments reviewers were making about Garrett’s performance.

The King Bulletin

This brings me to the performance of Hedlund, which is simply one of my favorite male performances of the year (and there have been a lot of great ones). Hedlund gives Dean the irresistible swagger we’ve always imagined — he talks like a country singer, woos people with his intoxicating energy, and is so confident in his physical appearance that he rarely needs to wear anything dressier than a plain-white T-shirt to get people into bed with him. But the magic of the performance — like that of the film in general — is that Hedlund’s Dean is so charismatic and full of passion that he can’t help but also be profoundly sad at the same time. Indeed, he’s quite often both of these things at the exact same time: perhaps Hedlund’s best scene in the film has him switching from talking about suicide to a four-way orgy within the blink of an eye. This is a guy who has no control over himself, and, therefore, can never get a lasting, meaningful grip on the world he lives in.

This theatrical cut of On the Road runs 124 minutes, and it’s largely unsurprising, given the film’s satisfying understanding of the source material, that an extended cut would probably be even better. When it debuted at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, it ran closer to 140 minutes, but was unfortunately forced into the editing room on its way to domestic distribution. The melancholy, drawn-out image that plays out over the closing credits — Hedlund’s Dean, his back to the camera, pacing drearily down some middle-of-nowhere railroad tracks — is a prime example of why I’d eagerly accept any longer version that may come our way.

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Boston Globe

And the casting is very strong, especially Garrett Hedlund in the critical role of Dean Moriarty, a.k.a. Neal Cassady, the one character who lives what the others just write about. That’s not quite right: Dean can only live — skipping from city to city, apartment to apartment, woman to woman — while his friends have to turn it into art. That’s why they idolize him: Dean’s life is his art. Kerouac knew there’d be a price to pay for that, and if his book sees the downside of Being Dean with piercing romanticism, the movie just sees it clearly.

Anyway, Hedlund — last seen in “Tron: Legacy,” poor thing — is a tremendous Dean, confident, impulsive, sexy, rootless. Even his mistakes seem like great ideas at the time. (It helps if you’re a guy.) The others, also well cast, are lesser planets to his Sun.

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Laura
23 Mar, 2014




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Kirsten Dunst and Garrett Hedlund – Celebrities courtside at the Los Angeles Lakers v New Orleans Pelicans NBA basketball game at the Staples Center. The Pelicans defeated the Lakers by a final score of 132-125. – Los Angeles, California, United States

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Garrett and Kirsten - Courtside at Lakers Game
Laura
05 Mar, 2014






Garrett introduced Inside Llewyn Davis at today’s Independent Spirit Awards ceremony. The movie was nominated for several awards including Best Picture, which 12 Years a Slave won, and Oscar Isaac for Best Actor, which went to Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club. IFC will be airing the show, starting tonight at 10 pm EST.

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Laura
01 Mar, 2014




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