Young love can be complicated — especially if you happen to have fallen for a zombie. Starring Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaan, Anna Kendrick, John C. Reilly, and Molly Shannon, Life After Beth is the new dark comedy from writer/director Jeff Baena, who also co-wrote I Heart Huckabees with David O. Russell. DeHaan plays Zach, a young man devastated by the early passing of his girlfriend, Beth, played by Plaza.
The Story "The plot gets itself tangled up in multiple villain strands," notes Leslie Felperin at The Hollywood Reporter,” sharing a common gripe among early reviewers. Mark Adams at ScreenDaily agrees, saying the film “comes close to losing its way due to its overly-plotted baddies,” resulting in “a rather unwieldy sense to its structure as characters slug it out for screen time.” As far as the villains themselves, Jamie Foxx is receiving mixed reactions for his portrayal of Max Dillon/Electro, while Dane DeHaan is getting almost unanimous praise for his sly turn as Harry Osborn/The Green Goblin. Jaime Foxx THR’s Felperin is one of Foxx’s defenders, saying the Oscar-winning actor, “even under all the prosthetic make-up and visual effects … manages to project a literally white-hot rage and damaged psyche.” Stefan Page at HeyUGuys is a fan, too, comparing the “initially endearing” character to Elsa in “Frozen” and writing that Electro is a “wonderfully constructed antagonist” who “earns our sympathy and becomes more relatable and real,” though regretting that ultimately “the character is underused and his potential is not fulfilled.” And Dibdin at Total Film says there’s “a real poignancy” to the unfortunate antagonist.
Meet Dane DeHaan’s Green Goblin. (Sony Pictures) Freaky! Not only is Spider-Man’s nemesis Green Goblin dangerous, he’s creepy-looking as well, as evidenced by this first photo of Dane DeHaan as the costumed villain in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2 .” The 28-year-old actor is dirtied up for the part — his skin appears to be painted an ominous camo green tone.
On the movie poster, “Kill Your Darlings " is billed as "a true story of obsession and murder." While we certainly don’t condone the latter, when it comes to Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan, we can understand where one might become obsessive. To help feed your obsession, and to celebrate this week’s Blu-ray release of “Kill Your Darlings” — the smoke-filled murder mystery set among formative Beat hipsters Allen Ginsberg (Radcliffe), Lucien Carr (DeHaan), Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston), and William Burroughs (Ben Foster) — we’re doing a giveaway! Five lucky Yahoo Movies Twitter followers will each receive a “Kill Your Darlings” Blu-ray and a poster signed by Radcliffe and DeHaan!