Kill Your Darlings (2013)

A murder in 1944 draws together the great poets of the beat generation: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs. (IMDb)

The initial drug-fueled literary rebellion premise here feels contrived; edgy editing and intense performances make it interesting but fail to give it weight. It’s only as it is put aside in favour of developing the fascinating characters and their twisted relationships that the film gains any traction, with deep-seeded obsession, murder, love, and lust anchoring the film’s passionate first act. Radcliffe is only mediocre but DeHaan’s incredible turn yanks him along in this startling drama.

7.5/10

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