Thursday, May 5, 2016

Kill Your Darlings (2013)

Director: John Krokidas

Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Michael C. Hall, Ben Foster, David Cross, Jennifer Jason Leigh

In the early 1940s, Allen Ginsberg is an English major at Columbia University, only to learn more than he bargained for. Dissatisfied by the orthodox attitudes of the school, Allen finds himself drawn to iconoclastic colleagues like Lucien Carr, William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac. Together, this gang would explore bold new literary ideas that would challenge the sensibilities of their time as the future Beat Generation. However, for all their creativity, their very appetites and choices lead to more serious transgressions that would mark their lives forever.

I was not surprised at all that this movie did not make a lot of money. First, it had gay characters and a extreme gay sex scene. Second, Daniel Radcliffe is not playing Harry Potter, because it is hard for people to see him outside of that role. Lastly, the movie is about real writers. All of these items hurt this movie, but it is what me made me want to watch it. I'm a fan of these writers.

I found this movie to be very interesting. It was neat to see how they all met one another during college. I had read stories and heard them, but to see it all reenacted for the screen makes all of the difference.

Daniel Radcliffe is trying his best to shack the whole Harry Potter role with working on different movies that are more adult. He has been doing nude scenes on stage and screen. He is a good actor, but I do not think that audiences are giving him a shot at being someone else. The rest of the cast was really good. You believed that they were the younger versions of these great writers.


I thought this was a really good movie that was completely looked over. This movie was made for a particular audience that would really understand who these people were and how they worked with themselves and each other. If you can find it, then watch it. You just might like it. Enjoy.

Kill Your Darlings (2013) Trailer

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