Kill Your Darlings (2013)
Critic Consensus: Bolstered by the tremendous chemistry between Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan, Kill Your Darlings casts a vivid spotlight on an early chapter in the story of the Beat Generation.
Daniel Radcliffe stars as Beat Generation icon Allen Ginsberg in this biopic set during the famed poet's early years at Columbia University, and centering on a murder investigation involving Ginsberg, his handsome classmate Lucien Carr, and fellow Beat author William Burroughs. The year is 1944. Ginsberg (Radcliffe) is a young student at Columbia University when he falls hopelessly under the spell of charismatic classmate Carr (Dane DeHaan). Alongside Carr, Ginsberg manages to strike up friendships with aspiring writers William Burroughs (Ben Foster) and Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston) that would cast conformity to the wind, and serve as the foundation of the Beat movement. Meanwhile, an older outsider named David Krammerer falls deeply and madly in love with the impossibly cool Carr. Later, when Krammerer dies under mysterious circumstances, police arrest Kerouac, Burroughs, and Carr as potential suspects, paving the way for an investigation that would have a major impact on the lives of the three emerging artists. Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kyra Sedgwick, David Cross, and Michael C. Hall co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi … More
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as Allen Ginsberg
as Lucien Carr
as William S. Burroughs
as Jack Kerouac
as Edie Parker
as David Kammerer
as Lucien's Mother
as Naomi Ginsberg
as Louis Ginsberg
as Prof. Stevens
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Critic Reviews for Kill Your Darlings
Few [Harry] Potter fans will be tempted to chance their luck while most adults will be left with fearsomely bright but relatively unlovable characters.
The best thing about the enthralling, super-smart Kill Your Darlings is director John Krokidas's ability to capture the excitement of young men's minds on fire.
Kill Your Darlings is by no means perfect, but it's an ambitious and promising first film that gives a handful of young actors the chance to work with a director who has a great deal on his mind.
A convincing, evocative drama that captures a key moment in history with aplomb.
Kill Your Darlings underwhelms on several fronts, but it's difficult to dislike a movie when you find yourself liking everyone in it.
Audience Reviews for Kill Your Darlings
A decent drama with some performance from Daniel Racliffe and Dane DeHaan about this finding yourself movie, the story itself is quite interesting and they had a lot potential from the actors with Michael C. Hall brings the best performance from this movie while Dane DeHaan definitely look desirable in this movie.. Overall, I like it but it just kinda boring..
A flawed if interesting account of the Beat Generation and how Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe) is entranced by one of his classmates named Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan) and how the two meet with other gifted writers such as William Burroughs (Ben Foster) and Jack Kerouac (John Huston). Unfortunately, this movie's very detached and seemingly rushed screenplay mean that you have little to connection to the characters and the decisions they make, even if they can rattle off brilliant poetry at the flip of a switch. Radcliffe struggles convincing the audience that he is a young Ginsberg, while on the other hand DeHaan steals the show in a sure to be star making performance. This is really a melodrama at heart, and the way it is written and choreographed hints at being something special at times, but ultimately falls short of such expectations due to being in such a hurry to get to where it wants to go. Not bad, but not great either.
"Kill Your Darlings" may be a little more interesting to fans of Sir Alan Ginsberg, and don't get me wrong, it is a very enjoyable film, but seeing as I didn't know the type of film it was going in, I cannot really say it is a great picture. The film really is just about his friendships, love, and schooling. Going through the ups and downs of his life, you begin to feel a little disjointed from this actors life. When James Franco portrayed this character in the film "Howl," I believe it to be a much stronger performance and we actually got a glimpse through animation into that icons mind. Danielle Rancliffe and Dane Dehaan are however terrific together and their chemistry was beaming. The film may throw a few curveballs at you and make you feel a bit uneasy, but overall, it is a very well-made film. I recommend it to literature fans, but I honestly think you will not have much to see here if you do not appreciate the material it is based on. Well-written and well-acted, "Kill Your Darlings" is just a good movie in my opinion.
Kill Your Darlings Quotes
|William S. Burroughs:||Show me the man who is both sober and happy, and I will show you the crinkled anus of a lying asshole.|
|David Kammerer:||We're the ones he needs, but never wants.|
|Allen Ginsberg:||Somethings once you've loved them become yours forever. And if you try to let them go they only circle back and return to you. They become apart of who you are...|
|Lucien Carr:||or they destroy you|
|Allen Ginsberg:||Be careful, you are not in Wonderland. I've heard the strange madness long growing in your soul, in your isolation but you fortunate in your ignorance. You who have suffered find where love hides, give, share, lose, lest we die unbloomed.|
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