March 08, 2014

Kill Your Darlings (2013)

Kill Your Darlings (2013) - Movie Review
Directed by: John Krokidas
Country: USA

Movie Review: John Krokidas’ sophomore feature, “Kill Your Darlings”, is a biopic centered on poet Allen Ginsberg’s early life, featuring his family problems, big passion for a bohemian classmate Lucien Carr, and his libertine circle of intellectual friends that include future icons of Beat Generation movement, William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac.  The film has a powerful start at the sound of a swinging jazz and absorbing images depicting the hot atmosphere in Columbia University where Ginsberg challenged the education system, inspired by Henry Miller and Yates, while experiencing alcohol, drugs, and becomes conscient of his homosexuality. The insecure and heartbreaking Carr served as a huge inspiration for Ginsberg’s first poems, in a tumultuous relationship that has never achieved stable proportions. Despite the accomplished performances by Daniel Radcliffe (remember Harry Potter?) and Dane DeHaan, along with the construction of some incisive tension, “Kill Your Darlings” ended too fast, at the same time that lost some grip in its final moments, even with a murder case involved. Krokidas maintained the desired objectivity for the most part of the time, but the major interest here was purely informative. Perhaps a bit more fervor was required to make the film grow in satisfaction.  

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