Kill Your Darlings – 7/10

Harry Potter, Green Goblin and that guy with half a face from Boardwalk Empire stare into each others eyes.


Kill Your Darlings is the (probably largely fictional) account of the meeting of famous beat authors Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and his muse Lucien Carr and the tragedy that followed. The thought of Daniel Radcliffe portraying hell raiser Ginsberg probably horrified a lot of people but there is nothing wrong with his performance and he shares a great chemistry with Dane DeHaan (The Amazing Spider-Man, Chronicle) as Carr.

Even better though are Michael C. Hall (Dexter, Six Feet Under) and Jack Huston as Kerouac. Hall is both sinister and vulnerable as the older David Kammerer and the whole film lifts as soon as Huston appears. Underused is rising star Elizabeth Olsen who is brilliant as Kerouac’s long suffering partner Edie Parker (Olsen is my big tip for 2015).

A subject as specific as 50s beat poetry will put a lot of people off but I am not a fan of Kerouac’s writing and have only recently read Ginsberg and I still found a lot to enjoy here. As a serious historical account it is difficult to lavish any praise on Kill Your Darlings but if you take it as a mostly fictional drama there is enough solid acting on show to make this a worthwhile watch.

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