Twilight superstars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson are making waves at the Cannes Film Festival with anticipated screenings of movies they hope will continue establishing their acting careers outside of Stephenie Meyer’s vampire-and-werewolf franchise. Pattinson carries David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis, which finally screens on Friday. But earlier today, Stewart brought her long-awaited On the Road to the Croisette, and critics are weighing in.
First, some back story. Adaptations of Beatnik author Jack Kerouac's seminal novel have been in the making for decades, with different directors and actors attached to the effort at various stages.
Stewart, Sam Riley and Garrett Hedlund are the "Big Three" of this current road movie, playing representatives of Kerouac, his partner Neal Cassady, and Marylou, the girl who comes between them. The cast rounds out with top-notch talent, including Kirsten Dunst, Amy Adams and Viggo Mortensen.
But is it top-notch entertainment? That depends on whom you ask.
“[Director Walter] Salles gets excellent performances from his cast, which includes Viggo Mortensen as the William Burroughs figure and Kirsten Dunst as the girl Cassady married after finally breaking up with [Stewart’s] Marylou,” writes Derek Malcolm in the London Evening Standard. “However, he struggles to give his story the strong dramatic line it requires and concentrates instead on sequences which illustrate the book best.”
The Hollywood Reporter sings a slightly different tune, calling this adaptation “vibrantly visualized,” and claiming it features a “perfect” turn by Stewart.
If there’s one thing that most critics are surprised by, it’s the amount of nudity and physical interaction taking place on screen … particularly involving the Twilight beauty.
“Stewart, selected for Marylou five years ago on the basis of her striking debut in Into the Wild, is perfect in the role, takes off her clothes more than once and nearly always seems to be breaking a sweat, which kicks the sexiness quotient up high,” writes THR.
Vulture, in its review, adds, “[Stewart] takes her top off so many times that even the perennially shirtless Taylor Lautner would be impressed.”
So Stewart is growing up, and maturing as a screen actress. But long before audiences are able to see K-Stew in On the Road (it opens in limited release this fall), they’ll be lining up to catch her as classic fairy tale princess Snow White in Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman. In preparation for that adventure thriller (in theaters on June 1), the studio released this interactive trailer that takes fans behind the scenes and feature exclusive footage. You can play around with it below.
Busy times for Stewart, and good times for her fans. Of the two, which films are you most looking forward to? Let us know below.