Synopsis: How a murder brought the 1950s beat poets - Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs together.
Stan's thoughts: Radcliffe puts in a good performance as the geeky Ginsberg who has his head turned by the charismatic Lucien Carr (play superbly by rising star Dane DeHaan). And it is a solid film and entertaining enough but Radcliffe's presence is a little bit of a distraction. It isn't entirely his fault.
He constantly chooses parts that are far removed from the Harry Potter franchise which is to be greatly admired and makes him an interesting actor to follow but it is a difficult character to shake off after a decade.
That there are gay love scenes involving Radcliffe in this film has been written about to death and I'm in the 'so what' camp but it's almost like the audience (ie slightly hysterical female Radcliffe fans) held their breath until the kissing and sex is out of the way.
He can't be blamed for that and Radcliffe is a solid enough actor but he doesn't quite push the performance in this to a level where you'd forget he was Harry Potter (the glasses didn't help). Kill Your Darlings is nicely paced and interesting enough character-led film. It's told from Ginsberg's perspective and it made me curious about the other view points.
The screening of Kill Your Darlings I saw was part of the London Film Festival and the film goes on general release in the UK on December 6.Ratings
- Stan's: 62%
- IMDB: 69%
- Metascore: 64%
- Rotten Tomatoes: 72%
- RT audience rating: Not yet rated