Film review: Kill Your Darlings ***
(16, general release, 104 minutes)
Director: John Krokidas
Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Ben Foster, Jack Huston, Michael C. Hall.
In America the so-called 'Beat generation' of writers is revered. Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs are all firmly ensconced in the American literary canon at this stage, but their early careers were all touched by a tragedy that might have destroyed them.
John Krokidas' worthy and rather flat film is set in 1944, when a young Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe) enrolls at Columbia University.
Allen dreams of becoming a poet like his father, but discovers the wilder side of life when he has his head turned by a beautiful classmate. Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan) is a poor student, but his free-spirited ways intoxicate Ginsberg who slowly realises that both he and Carr are gay. But Carr's relationship with a former lover will involve them all in a terrible crime.