Saturday, September 28, 2013

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

Director: Terry Gilliam
Writers:  Hunter S.Thompson (Book), Terry Gilliam, Tony Grisoni, Tod Davies, Alex Cox
Cast:      Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro, Tobey Maguire

An oddball journalist and his psychopathic lawyer travel to Las Vegas for a series of psychedelic escapades.

The film is based on Hunter's novel of the same name and the journalist character is supposed to be him.  Johnny Depp spent around four months with him to get into the character and remained a great friend to the man till his death. He fulfilled Hunter's last wish by firing his ashes out of a cannon shaped in the Gonzo symbol.

It was a project that was trying to get made for more than two decades and the novel was considered unfilmable. They finally got the right people attached with Terry Gilliam at the helm and Depp playing the role of the journalist. Guess it takes us through the experience of drug taking without actually taking any. The narration that is done by Depp excellently conveys the essence of the film in which the journalist is writing nostalgically about the famous 60s and the bitter end to it. A must watch for those who haven't taken any drugs and also especially for those who have.Well, that covers just about everyone I guess.

Just a shame that Depp stopped acting in interesting films at the turn of the century.

Rating: 5/5