Passionate, elegant and simply stunning. Kill Your Darlings, directed by John Krokidas, was a wondering viewing experience - bringing us right back to the stylish 1940's era. The narrative to the film however cannot be completely explained without doing the film some injustice, taking away from the deep character relationship. But it simply follows a young freshman, Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe), as he enters a poet literary movement following the few concepts of sex, drugs, alcohol and murder.
By this point you are surely thinking - 'I don't like poetry and I have never heard of these poets!' - but that is okay, as the film is so much more than that. Especially from its romantic angle, showing us an emotional narrative that simply thrives the film into complete biopic freshness.
Director John Krokidas explained that the film was over ten years in the making, which is reflected on screen in terms of the fundamental making, research and sound. That, with the mix of visionary direction, beautiful sepia cinematography and stellar cast creates something special. The opening flash-back sequence in fact shows an excellent homage to the 1944 Double Indemnity - which is quite fantastically shown.
Starring as the main cast is Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Ben Foster and Michael C. Hall (whose brilliant!). The main story though is caught between DeHaan and Radcliffe who show an unparalleled chemistry both visually and emotionally. Not just an onscreen comic relationship like we see over and over. Wahlberg and Washington in 2 Guns anybody? But the jokes pulled by DeHaan and Radcliffe on screen are worth it and will easily pull a smile. Radcliffe, who is the gossip of the film for his featured gay scene is simply superb, showing what is probably his best performance to date, post Harry Potter career.
Here is a picture of cast and crew on stage for the UK Premiere.