Kill Your Darlings (15) ***

Dane DeHaan and Daniel Radcliffe in Kill Your Darlings.
Dane DeHaan and Daniel Radcliffe in Kill Your Darlings.
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Set in the 1940s during the dawn of the literary revolution, John Krokidas’s true crime thriller relives a dramatic page in history which brought together Beat poets Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe), Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan), Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston) and William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster).

These brilliant young men meet at Columbia University in 1944 and intellectually spar with each other.

When an older outsider called David Kammerer (Michael C Hall) 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.

There are also sparks of sexual tension and attraction between some of the intellectuals but burgeoning friendships are tested to the limit by Kammerer’s brutal murder.

Radcliffe, known to so many only by his defining role as Harry Potter, has even admitted to penning poetry just like the famous beat writer he plays in the film.

But what would Ginsberg have thought of Radcliffe’s rhymes?

‘He would have hated them,’ says the actor, laughing. ‘They’re far too rhyming and conformist.’