The plot twists are just that -- twists meant to keep us watching -- rather than the dramatic developments of a genuinely great show. But it is definitely great fun and the cast is jaw-droppingly good.
If you're not already a Burroughs aficionado, this documentary will teach you little about his work and probably not inspire you to seek it out, either. If you are already a Burroughs fan, chances are that you'll have heard it all before.
Starring James Franco in a career-defining performance as Allen Ginsberg, Howl is the story of how the young poet's seminal work broke down societal barriers in the face of an infamous public obscenity trial.