Big Sur is an adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s novel of the same name, which told a slightly fictionalized account of his time at a cabin owned by friend and poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
The basic premise of the story is that Kerouac was, at this point in his life, struggling with both substance abuse and his new found fame. On the Road was recently released and catapulted him to literary fame. He went to live with a friend while dealing with everything else. It was a hard road for him, as his substance abuse was tough, but it was also a struggle to deal with his new position. All of his fans wanted him to be a younger man, which he was when he wrote On the Road, but it took time for the novel to become a hit. He was a bit older man at this point, and he felt like a fraud.
Big Sur was the name of the town Kerouac visited, and became the setting for his novel.
Big Sur was directed by Michael Polish, who has a decent amount of experience, even with some bigger name films like The Astronaut Farmer, but he hasn’t quite hit it big as a director just yet.
The film is, of course, based on the novel by Jack Kerouac.
Big Sur Trailer
Big Sur Release Date
November 1, 2013.
Who’s In It?
Jean-Marc Barr . . . Jack Kerouac
Josh Lucas . . . Neal Cassady
Kate Bosworth . . . Billie
What’s Good About It?
I like Jack Kerouac’s work in many ways, but I also wasn’t the biggest fan of On the Road. I enjoyed the playfulness and interesting language, but the story wasn’t up to the standards I associate with legendary novels.
What’s Bad About It?
I don’t fully trust Michael Polish. He’s got talent, and certainly interesting source material, but he may not have what it takes to adapt Kerouac.
Our Clever Prediction
I predict Big Sur will be a commercial blip on the radar of pretty much anyone except for the most die hard fans. I wouldn’t put too much faith in its ability to bring in an audience, even with moderately famous names like Josh Lucas and Kate Bosworth involved.