KILL YOUR DARLINGS

BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELL
NOVEMBER 24, 2013

The Beat Generation has always been fascinating to me, with the Allen Ginsbergs and Jack Kerouac’s of the world, who can deny this revolution in poetry and self-expression. As the story of Kerouac becomes more and more publicized, I’ve gotten even more invested in his story and have begun to seek out his work. “Kill Your Darlings” takes a step back, before these men were icons and divulge their initial workings and desires to change the structure of poetry and the way it is expressed. Starring Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg, leaving his father (with a wonderful dramatic turn from David Cross) and his ailing mother (Jennifer Jason Leigh), he sets off to Columbia University. Upon meeting rebel Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan), he follows in the footsteps of men like David Kammerer (Michael C. Hall), William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster), and Jack Kerouac himself (Jack Huston).

Forcing their way into poetry and changing people’s perceptions, the boys enjoy an anarchist lifestyle, in skipping class and enjoying drinks, they create their tiny social club. But as the dark past of Lucien and David surfaces, something much sinister comes into play. Based on a true story, the film unravels like a thriller but stays grounded on amazing performances from the talented young actors, especially DeHaan, Foster, and Huston, who all bring a new level to the characters they play and present their worth within their first few minutes on screen. Another pleasant surprise included Elizabeth Olsen as Kerouac’s unwed lady, Edie Parker, whose limited screen-time is made up for by her strong performance. With an authenticity that grabs hold of your attention and spectacular performances all around, “Kill Your Darlings” is the best representation of the Beat Generation that I’ve seen yet.

RELEASE DATE
October 16, 2013

DIRECTOR
John Krokidas

WRITTEN BY
John Krokidas
Austin Bunn

STUDIO
Sony Pictures Classics

R
(for sexual content, language, drug use and brief violence)

BIOGRAPHY
DRAMA
ROMANCE
THRILLER

104 minutes

CINEMATOGRAPHER
Reed Morano

COMPOSER
Nico Muhly

EDITOR
Brian A. Kates

CAST
Daniel Radcliffe
Dane DeHaan
Ben Foster
Michael C. Hall
Jack Huston
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Elizabeth Olsen
Kyra Sedgwick
David Cross
David Rasche

PRODUCED BY
Michael Benaroya
Christine Vachon
Rose Ganguzza
Jared Ian Goldman
John Krokidas

BUDGET
$5.6 million

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