Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Kill Your Darlings

Director: John Krokidas

Starring: Ben Foster, Daniel Radcliff, Dane DeHaan, Elizabeth Olsen, Jennifer Jason Leigh, David Cross, Jack Huston

A coming of age story about three freshmen at Columbia University, during the 1940s. They just happen to be Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliff), Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston), and William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster), and their peripheral involvement in a murder of a friend, stabbed by his lover and dumped his body in the Hudson River. Ginsberg forges a friendship with fellow poet, classmate and bon vivant, Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan). Together, the four begin to explore the creation of a new creative movement, to be called the New Vision, which will rejuvenate American literature. Meantime the older David Kammerer (Michael C. Hall) is romantically attached to Lucien and considers Ginsberg and Kerouac serious rivals. The younger men seem to have taken his ideas and when his body is left floating in the river many questions remain. Intriguing movie, this brims with hipster New York attitude of the period, with overall good performances from the cast. Pure art house.

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