I finally saw my former professor’s writing up on the big screen! The talented Austin Bunn (who co-wrote the film with director and friend John Krokidas) was such an inspiration to his students at Grand Valley State University. All of us in the writing department couldn’t be happier for him!
The opening scene was executed perfectly; a true “first scene explosion” that captivated audiences at both the 2013 Sundance and Toronto film festivals. I’ll never forget that piece of advice Austin gave all of us in class; “Start each scene with a bang. Aim to intrigue your audience immediately.” Such a helpful tip for all us young writers here in West Michigan.
Daniel Radcliffe (playing Allen Ginsberg) and Dane DeHaan (as Lucien Carr) give flawless performances while telling the true story that led to the post-World War II Beat Generation. Two of my other favorite writers, Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs, support both Radcliffe’s and DeHaan’s characters in an altogether shocking and tragic story of life, love and rebirth. What a treat to finally see it after all Austin’s and John’s hard work. This is definitely not a movie to be missed!