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Kill Your Darlings [Blu-ray]

Daniel Radcliffe , Michael C. Hall , John Krokidas    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Daniel Radcliffe, Michael C. Hall, Elizabeth Olsen, Ben Foster, Jack Huston
  • Directors: John Krokidas
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 21 April 2014
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DN3S3GY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,618 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Historical drama starring Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan. The film follows a young Allen Ginsberg (Radcliffe) while he is attending Columbia University in 1944 and shows how the relationship he formed with his charismatic fellow student Lucien Carr (DeHaan) would pave the way for the Beat Generation of the 1950s. Through his friendship with Carr, who is the unwilling love interest of the much older David Kammerer (Michael C. Hall), Ginsberg is introduced to other aspiring writers William Burroughs (Ben Foster) and Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston) and the four young men take a hedonistic foray through New York seeking out inspiration while experimenting in all aspects of their lives. Unaware of the tumultuous path they have created for themselves, a difficult and unforeseen event will bring the group even closer together and mould them into the best minds of their generation.

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "We have a duty to break the law!" 20 Nov 2013
By Paul Allaer TOP 500 REVIEWER
"Kill Your Darlings" (2013 release; 104 min.) is not to be confused with the completely unrelated (Swedish) film of the same name from 2006. The 2013 film brings the story of how the Beat generation got its not-so-humble start, when in the mid-1940s Allen Ginsberg (played by Daniel Radcliffe), then a freshman at Columbia University, gets to know and befriend Jack Kerouac (played by Jack Huston) as well as William S. Burroughs (played by Ben Foster). The movie actually felt like two-movies-in-one. The first part of the movie shows us how these three, along with a few more characters, start dreaming up what would eventually be known as the Beat generation. The basic formula of that seemed to have been: cause as much havoc as possible (at one point one of them concludes: "we have a duty to break the law!", as if that makes it okay), go to lots of night clubs in Harlem to check out the latest jazz combo, and smoke lots and lots of cigarettes (and take in a few not-quite-so-legal things as well). The second part of the movie centers around the troubled relationship between Lucien Carr (played by Dane DeHaan) and David Kammerer (played by Michael C. Hall) on the one hand, and Ginsberg's own relationship with Carr on the other hand. To tell you much more would ruin your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: as between the 2-in-1 films, I was not particularly drawn in with the first part of the movie, as it all felt very forced (I kept thinking: look! there they are! trying to act drunk when they really aren't). But it is the second part of the film that really pulled me in and caught my attention (and then kept it through the end). The events portrayed in the film are based on true events, so perhaps you know what is going to happen.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Harry Potter is all grown up 12 Jan 2014
I saw this film on opening night, after waiting months, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Superbly acted by Daniel Radcliffe, who has successfully made the transition from mediocre actor as Harry Potter to a sophisticated adult actor, and accompanied by the magnificent Dane DeHaan who stole the show, so to speak. Michael C Hall (Dexter, Six Feet Under) was also wonderful in this semi biographical tale.

It's a story of romance, suspense, self-discovery and heartbreak. Dane DeHaan as Lucien Carr was wonderful and charasmatic, Radcliffe demonstrates there is life after 'Potter', and their on-screen chemistry is fantastic, and I don't just mean The Kiss :)

As a tale of the Beat Generation, I'm not sure how well it tallies with history, but regardless, it's certainly a very entertaining film and I can't wait for my pre-ordered DVD to arrive when it's released!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kill Your Darlings. 5 Dec 2013
Daniel Radcliffe stars as Beat Generation icon Allen Ginsberg in this biopic set during the famed poet's early years at Columbia University, and centering on a murder investigation involving Ginsberg, his handsome classmate Lucien Carr, and fellow Beat author William Burroughs. The year is 1944. Ginsberg (Radcliffe) is a young student at Columbia University when he falls hopelessly under the spell of charismatic classmate Carr (Dane DeHaan). Alongside Carr, Ginsberg manages to strike up friendships with aspiring writers William Burroughs (Ben Foster) and Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston) that would cast conformity to the wind, and serve as the foundation of the Beat movement. Meanwhile, an older outsider named David Krammerer falls deeply and madly in love with the impossibly cool Carr. Later, when Krammerer dies under mysterious circumstances, police arrest Kerouac, Burroughs, and Carr as potential suspects, paving the way for an investigation that would have a major impact on the lives of the three emerging artists. Worth the watch 4*.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The title comes from William Faulkner, who reckoned the key to good writing is for the author to dispense with what he or she feels precious. It has a more literal meaning in the context of John Krokidas' debut feature, which tells the story of Lucien Carr, baddest boy of the Beat Generation, who slew David Kammerer in an alleged "honour killing" - a phrase which carried a different but no less repugnant definition in the 1940s.

The film begins with Carr (Dane DeHaan) behind bars, confronting his friend Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe), and then leaps back to the beginning of their strange, brief journey together, as Ginsberg achieves his dream of walking through the sacred doors of Columbia University. He finds Carr outrageously alive. They become flirtatious friends and it becomes apparent that Carr is so alive because he's always confronting death. They confront death together. Ginsberg sees it as proof of vitality, while Carr seems to take it more seriously.

The scenes between Carr and Ginsberg are the main vein of the film, trouncing the other stuff. DeHaan and Radcliffe have fizzing chemistry, and it's in their scenes that we best get the sense of the passion driving the poetry. Poetry itself is conspicuous in its absence. If you want a movie about the experience of the Beat work, watch Rob Epstein's and Jeffrey Friedman's excellent Howl. Kill Your Darlings is predominantly a relational piece, and works best in the confines of the tender, destructive central pairing. It's here we understand love best: inspirational, yes, but also ferocious and abusive. Passionate, in the suffering sense.

The characters that orbit around them are less carefully drawn. Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston) as an adulterous jock and William S.
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3.0 out of 5 stars If you like this sort of thing.....
Interesting but I'm not sure I would bother. Story ok, acting ok, script ok, but it doesn't really engage. Radcliffe mis cast. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Jibs56
5.0 out of 5 stars is an excellent movie. I'm glad that Daniel Radcliffe got finally ...
K.Y.D. is an excellent movie. I'm glad that Daniel Radcliffe got finally out of Harry Potter's box and he did it in a great way...
Published 8 days ago by Michal Ilko
3.0 out of 5 stars True Story about youthful exuberance and the poetic 'license'...
True Story about youthful exuberance and the poetic 'license' displayed by some now famous American Literary Artistes in their Student days... and that's all it is
Published 11 days ago by Andy Potter
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting true life tale of the beat nick gernaration ...
An interesting true life tale of the beat nick gernaration writers and a murder that ensues. Daniel Radcliffe is excellant but Dand Dehanne steals every scene.
Published 21 days ago by mt b r thompson
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Boring movie. Waste of Time.
Published 1 month ago by smorgun
1.0 out of 5 stars Kill this film
Great actors terrible movie
Published 1 month ago by miss j m brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have
This is a very emotional and thought provoking tale including themes of homosexuality, religion, sexual abuse and mystery. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jay
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done!
Very well done writing, acting & photography along with the music made it an enjoyable movie.
Published 1 month ago by Robert N. Wilkins
4.0 out of 5 stars Great viewing for those who know something about the writers that this...
Having studied all the writers as part of my degree - I had never heard about the murder that occurred during their college years and their connection to what happened. Read more
Published 1 month ago by New Kid in Town
4.0 out of 5 stars I did really like this film
I did really like this film. Extremely original style of story telling, and Dane and Daniel are both amazing actors. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Harriet
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