Telling the true story of someone’s life in a film is a difficult task. The trappings of the biopic genre become glaringly apparent when filmmakers try to chronicle an entire life in a two-hour film. There are innumerable events over the course of a person’s lifespan that alter him or her, for better or worse, and humans are always undergoing change. Trying to discern which events are most important is a futile effort, and more often than not, the cradle-to-grave biopic results in a droll feature. However, when the filmmaker focuses on a constrained period of time in a person’s life and frames an entire film around that, the results can be fascinating. Such is the case with writer/director John Krokidas’ drama Kill Your Darlings, which chronicles the early college years of poet Allen Ginsberg and the beginnings of the Beat movement, using that as a springboard to explore themes of rebellion, obsession, and self-discovery.
The result is an ambitious, bombastic debut feature for Krokidas, buoyed by a pair of fearless performances from Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan. My full Kill Your Darlings Blu-ray review follows after the jump.