John Krokidas’ Kill your Darlings envelops the audience in its twisted collision of risk, passion, talent and obsession. The short adventure of the leading Beat poets strikes with its universality, since one’s talent is often discovered as a result of inspiring trouble-making activities and occasional intoxication. One may discover a social message in both the outrageous and contingent behavior of the young poets, as their activity parallels with the philosophical debates present in America in the 1940s, including their role, purpose, and further activity. Apart from the more universal approach, the audience examines the personal growth and decay of young Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe) at the starting point of his writing career. His infatuation with Lucian Carr (Dane DeHaan) may result in his emotional devastation and expulsion from Columbia, yet establishes his identity as a talented poet, and the sexual tension that is also prevalent throughout the entire film is an effective theme that drives the entire plot and presents Kill your Darlings as a truly extraordinary biopic.   

Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan build the sexual tension in Kill Your Darlings (2013).

Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan build the sexual tension in Kill Your Darlings (2013).

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