‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’ Review: I am a Doctor of Journalism!

Posted in The Screening Room by - January 10, 2015

We’ve been diving into some crazy films in this Top 5s List here at Kulture Shocked and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is no exception. This pick comes from Chris Stachiw, and I’m not exactly sure what he saw in this movie. I’m actually really confused here. I’ve always had a lot of respect for his taste in movies and this one caught me off guard. Written and directed by Terry Gilliam, this is a film adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s crazy gonzo novel, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream.

It stars Johnny Depp and Benecio Del Torro, and tell’s Thompson’s story of a psychedelic, drug fueled journey from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. I actually really like the description of this film from Rotten Tomatoes, so here it is:

Journalist Raoul Duke and his lawyer, Dr. Gonzo, drive from LA to Las Vegas on a drug binge. They nominally cover news stories, including a convention on drug abuse, but also sink deeper into a frightening psychedelic otherworld. As Vietnam, Altamont and the Tate killings impinge from the world of TV news, Duke and Gonzo see casinos, reptiles and the American dream.

— via Rotten Tomatoes

Here’s a taste…

I think what anyone who watches this movie will struggle with, is the complete lack of character development entire 2 hours of this film. However, if you were ever interested in what an acid trip might look like, without actually trying acid, this is the ticket.

Unfortunately, I’ve talked to a few friends who have actually read Thompson’s novel, and apparently it’s not much better. So, I would say go ahead and kill two birds with one stone. Stay away from both of these.

Final Say: I’m Never Watching Again… Because I am a Doctor of Journalism.

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