Kill Your Friends tell the story of an A&R man working at the height of the Britpop music craze that goes to extremes in order to find his next hit.
This film is a crude black comedy that showcases the dark side of Nicholas Hoult’s acting prowess. Upon going into the film, I had not read the book on which the film was based and had little knowledge of what the film was about. I have some interest in the music of that era and watching Nicholas Hoult attempt to find and sign music talent in the height of Britpop seemed interesting as the film began. Its completely over the top and not exactly for everyone, and disturbed me into not seeing it again. But maybe that was the point of the film – it was a portrayal of an ambitious yet crazed young man who do absolutely anything to get to the top.
The one thing that I found strange about this film is that, from what I gathered, it was meant to be a Black Comedy and it is at least meant to make the audience laugh, and it did make the audience laugh, but it wasn’t the jokes they were laughing at as there didn’t seem to be any – only humour in the sheer craziness of the situation Hoult’s character found himself in. I only found myself in a state of confusion. Don’t get me wrong, there are many films, television shows, and novels I like where the main character is an antagonist but this hardly compares to the films it stands next too.
Kill Your Friends does understand that Hoult’s character is a broken and almost pathetic human being but he’s not someone that can be rooted for, even in his terrible nature. The film almost seems like a mediocre rip-off of American Psycho where two damns aren’t given about the lead.
It’s not a film that would be recommended for the feint of heart. Kill Your Friends is filled with British humour that the foreigner may not quite understand and may not be the new millenniums American Psycho as many of the poster’s scream.