Boardwalk Empire star Jack Huston) and his partner Edie Parker (Elizabeth Olsen, next to be seen in Gareth Edwards' Godzilla reboot).
Kill Your Darlings is at its most engaging when Krokidas slows down the frenetic pace and focuses on specific incidents. Burroughs, Carr, Ginsberg and Kerouac form a rebellious band, the Libertine Circle, dedicated to challenging the literary establishment, pushing against conventions, and dabbling in different drugs. One of the best moments in the film is when they break into the university library at night and fill the glass display cabinets with subversive, erotic and banned literature. It's a rite of passage for Ginsberg, in terms of sex, drugs and writing, while Carr undergoes a more sinister life-transforming experience that also proves his salvation.
Kill Your Darlings is entertaining enough, but Krokidas' attempts to recreate the unruliness of their lives feels rushed and it's sometimes hard to process all the visual clues and signifiers he gives us. The occasional incoherence of the narrative is redeemed by the acting. Despite looking disconcertingly youthful, Radcliffe and DeHaan both convey a smouldering intensity on screen and Hall is suitably menacing as Carr's stalker, but Foster, Huston and Olsen's characters are less developed and disappointingly under-used. Like the Beatniks' early work, Kill Your Darlings is memorable, often eloquent, but ultimately flawed.