Your Darlings (2/10)
me if I do not genuflect at the altar of Jack Kerouac and Allen
Ginsberg. If I had to quantify my interest in either of these people, it
would be close to, or below, zero.
a film about the people who defined the Beat Generation, a group of
influenced by Eastern philosophy and religion and known especially for
their use of nontraditional forms and their rejection of conventional
that is based on a murder (or homicide) that occurred when Ginsberg
(Daniel Radclife) was a nervous, overly strict with himself freshman
attending Columbia University in 1944.
according to this film, anyway, he was emotionally seduced by bohemian
Lucien Carr (Dane Dehaan) and imposed into Carr’s dissolute lifestyle
that involved drugs and homosexuality. Carr is involved with David
Kammerer (Michael C. Hall), who pursues him voraciously. Later he
becomes involved with Kerouac (Jack Houston), a former college football
running back who had lasted only 8 days in the U.S. Navy. The other
person involved in this group of libertines was medical school drop-out,
former door-to-door insect exterminator and drug addict aborning,
William Burroughs (Ben Foster). Burroughs was the oldest, at 29 while
Ginsburg was only 18. All were to become famous or notorious, depending
on your POV.
Radcliffe is best known as the star of the Harry Potter movies. I didn’t
read those books and walked out of the only two movies I attended when I
couldn’t take any more of the phantasmagorical nonsense, after enduring
almost two hours of the tortuous stories. This one is no better,
although it is a lot shorter, which allowed me to remain until the end.
With abundant, explicit gay sex scenes, the film is inspired by the
murder that occurs near the end of the film. Up until then it is a
tangle of talk that is marked by how uninvolving it all is unless you
buy the credibility of the fame of these people. I know very few people
who have read anything written by any of them. As more time passes,
their meager accomplishments are outweighed by their controversial
produced, directed and co-written (with Austin Bunn) by John Krokidas,
who has a style of quick cuts and time warping jumps that is more
annoying than entertaining. As with most films “based on” a true story
the only interesting part of the movie came before the end credits when
graphics indicate what really happened to the characters.
September 23, 2013