Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Kill Your Darlings: It's not a Howl

If you're interested in learning more about beat poet Allen Ginsberg's development as the guy who took the rules and rhyme out of short-form literature, you can skip this flick.

If you're interested in his awakening as a homosexual, then by all means see this one.

The year is 1944, Ginsberg's freshman and only year at Columbia University, and this son of a traditional poet and his emotionally fragile wife, has entered a new world. Actor Daniel Radcliff does a serviceable job of portraying the cluelessness of the young Ginsberg as he meets a group of contemporaries who also rebel against the literary and heterosexual establishments.

These men include Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs. But the most important in this movie is Lucien Carr, a handsome seducer whose own seduction adds drama to this movie.

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