Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Reviews

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

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  1. That Poore Baby says:
    213 of 227 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The critics were wrong again, January 23, 2001
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    That Poore Baby (Austin, TX) –

    I find it sad that much of the country bases it’s movie selections on the opinions of hacks like Leonard Maltin. I can see why this wasn’t a mainstream success due to it’s waaaaaay out in left field mentality, but because of all the negativity this great film remains unseen by many. As people come around to the acting genius of both Johnny Depp and Benecio Del Toro (and they will), they will inevitably want to see their earlier works and then, finally, they will see what all the hype wasn’t about.
    Terry Gilliam absolutely NAILED Hunter’s book. The visuals are incredible and alarming. The angles, strange and enticing. I heard that they filmed this movie without a script, just the book in hand. After reading the book, I believe trying to write a script for it could have severly dampened the impact.
    Now for the drug use… If you are the type of person who realized that Fight Club wasn’t really about the fighting, then you will also realize that Fear & Loathing isn’t really about the drug use. According to the big dog movie critics only a stoner will appreciate this movie, which leads me to believe that only idiots become professional movie reviewers.
    If you appreciate ground-breaking cinema, truly innovative directing, first-rate acting and are looking for something different… the ramblings of a gonzo journalist could be just the thing.

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  2. Stephen Williams says:
    47 of 52 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, June 21, 2008
    By 
    Stephen Williams (Hawthorne, California) –
    (REAL NAME)
      

    A Review of the DVD: “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”

    Starring:
    Johnny Depp,
    Benicio Del Toro

    Director: Terry Gilliam

    Writing credits:
    Hunter S. Thompson (book)
    Terry Gilliam (screenplay)
    Tony Grisoni (screenplay)
    Tod Davies (screenplay)
    Alex Cox (screenplay)

    Run Time: 118 Minutes
    Released: 1998

    Hunter Thompson practiced total immersion journalism. He called this form reporting gonzo journalism.

    Hunter Thompson drove to Las Vegas to report on a motorcycle race and ended up writing a story about himself writing a story about a motorcycle race. If he would have written a conventional report on motorcycle racing it would have been interesting to motorcycle enthusiasts for a few days. Since he wrote a gonzo story he had a very wide canvas and he used it well to create a classic.

    Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro do justice to the outrageous characters created by Hunter S Thompson. The reader might be turned off by the obstreperous behavior, extreme self indulgence and offensive inconsiderate language. If you can look past this offensive conduct and you will see that Hunter S Thompson gave us an insight into the American character of the 1970’s.

    See also: Hell’s Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga (Modern Library)

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    I completely enjoyed this film and recommend it to others.

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  3. A. Bransford says:
    26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent performances by Depp and Del Toro!, January 9, 2007
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    A. Bransford (Van Nuys, CA United States) –
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    It was upsetting to see the only review of this title was not a review at all but a complaint against amazon so I had to put in my two cents. This movie has some of the best performances from Jonny Depp and Benicio Del Toro and Terry Gilliam directs one of his finest films ever. Too bad this one was missed by audiences in 1998 when it quickly came and went from theatres after the first week. If you like Hunter S. Thompson and movies like The Big Lebowski, you’ll want to make sure to add this item to your movie collection. The HD transfer alone is worth purchasing this version, but make sure to check out the Criterion DVD which contains interviews from Hunter S. Thompson as well as a full movie commentary that’s as entertaining as the movie itself.

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