“Kill Your Darlings”

An excellent biographical drama featuring the origin of the American Beat Poets: Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs and Jack Kerouac. Although previous movies had been made about them, this one may be better received by audiences because it stars Daniel Radcliffe; however, it’s his co-star Dane DeHaan who deserves top billing for his performance. First-time director John Krokidas’ camera seems to go on drug-binges, along with his characters, which often led to distraction instead of being used to advance the plot. The flashback/rewind sequences seemed to be used too much and often assisted the camera in confusing the audience. The writing is gripping and the character development is exceptional. The movie offers a glimpse into history, along with the love, murder, and deceit that goes along with it. Over all, very well done.

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