Kill Your Darlings – DVD review

John Krokidas’s vivacious first feature brings to life the first stirrings of the Beat Generation


Hurling books from shelves, gay sex, drugs, murder – it’s hardly your average English Lit class. Kill Your Darlings brings to life the first stirrings of the Beat Generation and its primary protagonists. Daniel Radcliffe, as a sensitive, owlish young Allen Ginsberg, looks visibly relieved to be free from Harry Potter gobbledegook, and delivers his best turn to date.

But Dane DeHaan magnetically steals the show as Lucien Carr, the outwardly sophisticated, inwardly tormented blusterer whose dark past comes to haunt the merry band of Beats, which also includes a jockish Kerouac and a chemically enhanced Burroughs. A vivacious first feature from John Krokidas.

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