05/12/2013

LFF Leftovers: Kill Your Darlings

Films about the Beat Generation are always inevitably the same since they can't resist including the following things:

1) Furious tapping on a typewriter
2) Ugly jumpers
3) Some pretentious child who's never worked a day in his life going on like he knows everything and sharing those thoughts from atop a table/high horse.
4) Ugly shirts
5) Parents/wives who just don't get them, man
6) Excitable yet seated dancing to jazz

But once we got all of that out the way Kill Your Darlings switches genres and successfully turns into a gripping murder-mystery. Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan have great chemistry and even Ben Foster comes off well despite trying too hard, which all adds up to one the better films about the beginnings of a cultural movement.