James Franco completely embodies the spirit of Ginsberg here. The film itself is basically a reading of the infamous poem with a few courtroom scenes and interview segments thrown into the mix featuring Jon Hamm, David Straithairn, Mary Louise Parker and Jeff Daniels and bits of animated sequences as well. It uses actual words from the trial and Ginsberg interviews and gives some insight into what was behind the poem and the poets personal and artisitic journey to get to the point of creating his masterpiece. It's a love letter to the beat gen and an easy way to spend a little more than an hour. Franco is a great comedic actor that with 127 Hours and now Howl has turned into one of the most versatile and complete film actors of the day. Check it out if you are a fan of the poet, the Beats or Franco.