April is coming to an end, and with it National Poetry Month. So Howl seems like the natural choice for this week.
SPOILER ALERT IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE MOVIE OR READ THE POEM!
Typically in Adaptation Nation I spend more time shitting on things rather than jerking them off. That being said this whole article is going to be one big handjob.
One of the things that made this movie great was the structure. It cuts perfectly back and forth from the first public reading of Howl, to the trial about the publishing of the poem, to Ginsberg being interviewed and looking back on his life.
And woven throughout all of it are stunningly animated sections of the poem.
James Franco was great for the role. Aside from looking a lot like Ginsberg, his reading of the poem was spot fucking on. No disrespect to Tom Sturridge, but I can’t help but wish he played Ginsberg in On the Road as well. If we can have a Marvel movie universe why can’t we have a Beat Generation one? The trial scenes were also great, mainly due to Jon Hamm.
When you think about it, who makes a better 1950′s lawyer than
The movie also has several scenes where, while being interviewed, Ginsberg explains his thought process behind some aspects of the poem. One in particular is the passage referring to Moloch, which also happens to be one of the most epically animated passages.
Bottom line this movie is a MUST SEE for all lovers of poetry.