I had been meaning to watch KILL YOUR DARLINGS (2013) for a long time. What a psychologically interesting drama, based on a true story about some of the main Beatnik writers in 1940s New York City. One of them (Lucien Carr, compellingly played here by Dane DeHaan) brutally kills his older, long-time lover, David Kammerer (Michael C. Hall of DEXTER fame), from out of a place of self hatred/internalized homophobia.
I thought everyone was well cast except for Jack Huston, who plays Jack Kerouac but doesn’t sufficiently look the part. Nonetheless, I was drawn in by the good script writing, intimate camera work, and powerful acting.
Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg (who I saw perform in late 1975 or early 1976 and then again in 1985) was the poignant moral center of this movie. I have a deeper respect for him as an actor now.
This is a must-see film about a piece of American history and ongoing cultural and human tensions. I imagine many would say it’s also about other assorted deep themes and the struggles of being human. I feel a bit enriched inside for seeing this excellent screenplay.
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My son and I watched this amazing movie and loved it. He gave it an A+ rating. His favorite character was Lucien Carr (Lulu). My interest in Jack Kerouac was the catalyst for watching this film and I was not disappointed. Thank you for sharing.
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I felt certain that your son would love this movie and I’m glad that I was correct. I am pleasantly surprised that you enjoyed it so much as well. Too bad the character of Jack Kerouac was weakly cast in this otherwise pretty much flawless production. Anyway, I’m glad you were not disappointed.