Sunday, 23 March 2014

Kill Your Darlings

Have you ever wanted to know what happened during Allen Ginsberg’s college years? Have you ever wanted to see how the relationship between him, Lucien Carr, Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs blossomed? Have you ever wanted to see Daniel Radcliffe masturbating furiously in front of a typewriter or being sodomised semi-lovingly by a strange man? Of course you have and despite the knife wound to the childhood of Harry Potters fans, you would and should enjoy Kill Your Darlings. If you love beat poetry, the film “On the Road” or even just good cinema you should watch this film. Essentially just a story about a few friends trying to make a difference in the world, this just happens to be a few friends who did make a difference to the world.


Allen Ginsberg (Radcliffe), years before he wrote ‘Howl’, has just been accepted into University and though he doesn’t want to leave his sick mother, his father (David Cross) encourages him to go and to learn. In a role that has strange echoes of my own life, he arrives all optimistic and ready to learn and with a love for school until he meets a young Aryan chap named Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan). Lucien is a bit of a knob and you’d definitely hate him if he was in your school, but he has a similar outlook on life to Ginsberg, which is a hatred of what is normal, and the hatred of rules, for rules sake.


 I’ve always shared their thoughts on this but also have my own rules that I can’t comfortably break. Creative writing, and art can never truly be taught in my opinion rather encouraged, so what these guys did was very important, very needed. Though they at the time reeked of rebellion, it was rebellion for a reason, a need to express themselves, not a self-absorbed rebellion based in a proud lack of empathy. Too many people nowadays will find themselves claiming they do what they want and that they don’t care how it affects others, like it’s something to be proud of. They completely misunderstand the nature of rebellion which is to make the world realise it’s stupid and become a better place. These guys rebelled against literary and creative repression, Miley Cyrus is rebelling against what people thought she was so that she can make more money, or spend a longer time in the limelight, this is all about her and nothing to do with art.

This film is a tribute to the genius that was these men. It needs to be seen and they need to be held in the esteem today that they were held in before. It is a fabulous film and it if nothing else it reminds us that there was a time when people gave a shit about poetry and literature and it was the adults, the boring people, that liked the emotionless nonsense ‘pop’ society. It was young who realised that that was not the way it was meant to be, that lives were to be lived and recorded with beautiful words.


So go watch this film and remember these people helped create the world you live in, and shaped it so the entertainment you can enjoy would be allowed to be made.

Kill Your Darlings gets a 4/5, []

Dave Roberts


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