Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Reviewed by Jason Catanese
Rating: 3 Beans
his is a tough one. On the up side, this is one of the most visually stunning movies I have ever seen, and the perfromances are very good. On the down side, the movie has no plot. Because of the way it was filmed, the fact that there was no plot didn't bother me for the first 45 minutes or so. But you have to realize that this movie runs a very long 2 hours flat.
Here's the rundown. Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro play Hunter S. Thompson(Raoul Duke in this one) and his attorney Dr. Gonzo, respectively. The first line of the movie begins, "...and that's when the drugs began to take hold," and that's it. The rest of the movie is the two getting unbelievably fucked up, and their following hallucinations and breakdowns. You see, this is based on Thompson's famous book of the same name from 71'. It was about Thompson and Gonzo testing the limits of a town that has none. They tested the limits, alright. Halfway through, Depp forgets why he was even there(he was there to cover a bike race for "Sports Illustrated), and wonders if he's just running around in a drug-induced haze.
This was directed by Terry Gilliam, who has also made "Brazil" and "12 Monkeys", plus that little known comedy troupe Monty Python, so as expected, the visuals were amazing. I'm not going to say that I've ever done acid or not--ah, fuck it. For the sake of argument, I've, you know, "experimented," but for the rest of you who have done it, the trip sequences are so well done, it could very well inspire a flashback. Even for those who haven't visited the third dimension, it makes for some pretty dudical visuals. Besides acid, there's ether, mescaline, uppers, downers, adrenachrome, smoke, liquor, and countless others. I don't agree with those people who said this condoned drugs, however. Although visions of lounge lizards turning into real lizards, the "Who's the Boss" mom's face morphing, and rugs bleeding sound appealing to me(perhaps I'm odd), the breakdowns they suffer at the end aren't.
Depp and Del Toro are the most fucked up people I have ever seen. I find it hard to believe that they were acting. I have nothing else to say in this paragraph, but it's too short,so--alifhrflriuhfr liufhelwiufhalewiunflifuhlifunlfdhnfdkjfhdlkfjhdlfhdlk.
On the whole, while this will probably bore most to tears, it is solely recommended for the visuals and camerawork. As far as the story goes, well, look somewhere else.
On a final note, if you are completely out of your mind from assorted drugs and booze, this is essential viewing.
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