A piece of cinematic brilliance and a victory for independent cinema, 'Kill Your Darlings' was a masterpiece. This true story of obsession and murder challenged my initial perception and left me still attempting to unpick the intricate relationship between Lucien Carr and Allen Ginsberg.
'Kill Your Darling' manipulates audience perception from the opening sequence; which sees Carr pleading for sympathy from within his cell. It exposes the wiring of Allen and Lucien's brains and their early visions of the infamous New Beat generation, whilst also shedding light onto the heavily debated murder of David Kammerer. Furthermore, the slow development of characters in this film repeatedly questions the viewers opinions and judgements, as every new layer of the story is exposed.
In addition, the creators used 35mm celluloid film cameras which helped reflect the layered and textured realism and meant the thought-provoking story was even more impactful and enjoyable. The use of traditional methods, despite the extra costs, emphasized John Krokidas' stylistic approach and the importance of elegant cinematography to emulate the film's poetic roots.
Another notable aspect of the film is the scripting and the perfectly romantic, yet twisted poetry that runs throughout. Ginsberg's speech on the river, which begins; "be careful, you're not in wonderland" is just one of the many captivating and touching poetic scenes.
In combination with the career defining acting by both Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan, this film is an award-winning must-see drama, that would entice any discerning film fan.