The difference is that The Road failed at every account except for the portrayal of Dean Moriarty, whereas this film hardly fails at all.
Kill Your Darlings is a 2014 American biographical drama film written by Austin Bunn and directed by John Krokidas in his directorial debut.
The film might not have killed it at the box-office but it was a critical darling, achieving positive reviews from various critics and audience-members alike.
The film stars Daniel Radcliffe, Dane Dehaan, and Michael C. Hall. And if that's not enough to make you excited for this film, I think I might need to elaborate on exactly who those actors are. Daniel Radcliffe is Harry Potter, when he isn't sixth feet under, Michael C. Hall is Dexter, and Dane Dehaan most recently played Harry Osbourne in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. (Other-wise known for his performance in Chronicle, both of which he did very well in.)
There are three very capable actors involved, and for the most part, all three of them are allotted the means to shine. I say for the most part, because while Michael C. Hall is definitely comfortable with a homosexual character after his portrayal in Sixth Feet Under, I don't think he had enough to sink his teeth into.
The film is about the college days of some of the earliest members of the Beat Generation. More specifically, the film has Allen Ginsberg heading to college and meeting Lucien Carr. They develop something of a rapport with one another, both having the interest of literature. After awhile though, David Kammerer shows into the mix. The encounters between these three individuals more or less sets the framework for the movie.
I said before that Michael C. Hall doesn't have the opportunity to really have a performance to sink his teeth into. I feel like I need to make it absolutely certain that everybody realizes I don't think the performance was bad. However, it isn't the performance that will be remembered from this one.
The best performance in this film is disputed over a screaming match between Dane DeHaan and Daniel Radcliffe. They both are particularly powerful in this film, and it's irrelevant which does better. What is important to appreciate is the chemistry that they carry with each-other when they are on the screen. They bring the best out of each other.
The literary revolution is definitely something that could have been done wrong. A lot of films like to make certain writers out to be clever than they probably were. This film is a little closer to reality. It doesn't assume the complete brilliance of the writers, but it focuses on some of the other more human elements. The elements that aren't created by legacy. It focuses on things like obsession, passion, anger, and jealousy, as well as dabs into the depths of sexuality.
I feel like one of my favorite parts of the film also has to be the cinematography and music which is done very well. It has a certain style and quality to it that definitely caught my attention.
Kill Your Darlings succeeds where a lot of other films have failed. It is a rare depiction of several of most known names in literature, but it does it in a way that focuses more on being honest than sentiment. More real than poetic. And in that sense, it works very well.
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