"Some things, 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 part of who you are... Or they destroy you."
Due to the name of the actors connected with this film and its story based on true events, I was curious about watching this. I didn't know much about it, I just knew that it involved some of the famous writers in the history of the American Literature.
Kill Your Darlings is centered in the early life of Allen Ginsberg at the Columbia University. In the film we see how he knew Lucien Carr, William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac, all together were about to start The Beat Generation a post-World War II group of writers whose ideals involved the free speach, the use of drugs to help them be inspired intellectually, spiritual and sexual liberation, among other things.
My main problem with this film is its inconsistency. I didn't know much about The Beat Generation and the film was not able to keep me interested the whole time. Sometimes I found myself wondering about other stuff. The film mostly succeeds because of the performances more than the structure of the story itself. The story starts to get more interesting on the second half, where the tension around it raises and a coming-of-age story became more of a thriller that will lead us to a tragic event.
Some of the characters, specially the supporting roles needed more character development.
Daniel Radcliffe proves again that he is able to do different stuff, he is not "Harry Potter" anymore! His performance his amazing, very intense but not just his. All of the cast give absolutely amazing and engaging performances, Dane DeHaan, Jack Huston, Michael C. Hall and Ben Foster.
The chemistry between Radcliffe and DeHaan is terrific, despite we know that both are homosexuals and their sexual tension is always present during the entire film, the relationship between the two is very well delivered during the film, never too heavy and very mysterious at the same time. So, if you think you will see something shocking you won't. You will feel a very complexed and poetic relationship.
Jack Huston, Michael C. Hall and Ben Foster don't have the same time on screen but when they're at a scene the spotlights are always above them. Ben Foster was my favourite, I absolutely loved his performance!
Kill Your Darlings is a story about a generation that revolutionized a lot of people's life styles but it's also a story about self destruction.
This movie is weird, I didnt know what to think of it. sure the acting is good, dare I say brilliant. But the story just felt like it was lacking a decent plot.
Wow. Way to go, Daniel Radcliffe.