Kill Your Darlings
Release year: 2013
Director: John Krokidas
Screenwriter: Austin Bunn, John Krokidas
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Michael C. Hall, Jack Huston, Ben Foster, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Elizabeth Olsen
When aspiring poet Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe) meets Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan) he becomes part of a group sharing bold new literary ideas but he also becomes part of a love triangle that ends in disaster.
John Krokidas’s feature film début about the birth of the beat movement is not just an intelligent and poetic film about a literary evolution, but unfortunately, due to certain scenes, also one still to be seen as brave in these times where the gay community is still struggling go gain wide acceptance many years later. The performance is a gathering of some of the finest new actors, led by a complex performance by DeHaan (Lawless, 2012) and Radcliffe (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, 2004) in a truly commited and fearless performance, but also includes of the always amazing Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene, 2011) and the intense Foster (3:10 to Yuma, 2007), all of them leaving promises of a bright acting future with energetic performances. But despite DeHaan doing an excellent job this is very much Radcliffe’s show, not just because the story is seen mostly from his perspective, but also because of the young actor’s mesmerizing take on one of the most influential writers of that time. Whether up-beat and partying or heartbroken and frustrated, he rarely hits a wrong note and establishes himself as someone to continue to keep an eye on. The movie moves from a cheerful gathering of kindred souls to angst-driven mystery of jalousy and murder telling the fascinating story of the birth of a revolution while at the same time feeling the narrow confines of the reality of it.
The movie had it’s world premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival where it was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize.
Picture copyright: Sony Pictures