Okay, time for the third film review of today and its time for me to review the final film I saw yesterday, Kill Your Darlings. I’d heard about this film around 2 months back or maybe in the late part of summer, either way I just wanted to see what Daniel Radcliffe was up to these days and since Dane DeHaan is one of my favourite recent actors I’m always done for a film with him in it.
The premise for this story can be summed up in this short segment here:
“A murder in 1944 draws together the great poets of the beat generation: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs.”
In truth it is hard for me to summarize plots in where the plot isn’t clear-cut and simple,where there are complexities and different layers, so that’s why I used premises instead, like right now. Honestly while I understood the majority of the film, there was a good portion of the film where I didn’t know what was going on, it was like the characters were doing stuff in random scenes, but it felt like it was going nowhere or had no impact on the story. Maybe I’m an idiot or can’t follow stories very well, but it took a while before the story’s pacing got going and found its feel. This film is a kind of coming-of-age story along with themes of change and revolution, desire and betrayal and realisations too. Like On The Road there are a lot of similar themes between this and that film, some that I could accept and some that I couldn’t. It was certainly an interesting tale with some great non-linear storytelling but some of the content was a bit much for me and for those who have watched the film, they know what I mean.
When it comes to the cast they’re all very good and give some very impressive performances. Let’s start with Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg. Good gravy Radcliffe has come pretty far since those days in Harry Potter, he’s actually taking on some serious roles and he’s acting skills have become a lot more solidified and realistic and he does a decent American accent too. But someone who may be more impressive is Dane DeHaan as Lucien Carr, DeHaan is just magnetic as this vivid-thinking, out-going, impulsive and chilled out individual who comes across as a good, if somewhat strange guy, but he has secrets and angry issues too. It is hard describe how good DeHaan is without watching him in action, but he is so good, his acting talents is so varied, I love it.
Then there’s Jack Huston as Jack Kerouac. Now Huston, I recognized him, but couldn’t tell where I’d seen him before, then I saw online he was Richard Harrow from Boardwalk Empire! I love him in that show and I guess I couldn’t tell who he was because he had his full face in this film, but now I’m going off-topic. Basically Huston was pretty cool. Ben Foster as William S. Burroughs was a very strange, deep-voiced, reserved and observant member of this group of poets and Foster is good. Michael C. Hall as David Kammerer was really good, he had some of the most emotive and complicated relationships with some of the people involved and Hall was just really good. I’ve never seen Dexter, but I would have never guessed that Hall had such talent and range.
Elizabeth Olsen as Edie Parker is pretty good, this is my first time seeing her in a film and I liked what she did in this film, she looks young but acts older, her character is sweet but is tough when she needs to be and I liked that. Jennifer Jason Leigh was really as Naomi Ginsberg, she is an emotionally and mentally complicated person and Leigh had some really some great scenes which were left an impression after she left each scene. and finally David Cross, I haven’t seen him since Men In Black 1 & 2, as Louis Ginsberg he was a good father, but he like many of the other characters had personal issues that needed to be sorted out in the background and I thought Cross was good.
In conclusion Kill Your Darlings is an intriguing story about writers and was a great look into a time period when change was on the horizon. For me the film’s story never quite connects with me fully, sometimes I didn’t know what was happening and some of the elements of this film made me feel a bit uncomfortable. But outside of those issues, the film is worth watching for the acting talents the cast have.
Rating: 7.5/10 (A film that works well thanks to a strong cast)
So have you seen Kill Your Darlings and if so what do you think of it? Whatever your thoughts drop them below in the comments section and I’ll see ya later yo! 🙂