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  • The film itself is as close to the reading experience of a novel as I've ever encountered
  • The lead roles are played by the amazing Johnny Depp and Benecio Del Toro
  • Any fan of Depp or Del Toro should definitely see them as these characters because it shows the incomparable versatility and genius of their acting abilities

    • by Soopafli
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      To start, I feel that no amount of words could ever do this movie the justice it deserves…..but nevertheless, I’ll try my best.

      In a basic summation, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is the film adaptation of the classic, semi-autobiographical tale written by the late, great Hunter S. Thompson. The film itself is as close to the reading experience of a novel as I’ve ever encountered. Terry Gilliam (director) certainly did right by Thompson with his vision.

      The story revolves around Raoul Duke (an alter-ego of Thompson himself); an eccentric, drug-addled enigma of a journalist who is sent to Las Vegas in the 70’s with his long-time


      companion/lawyer Dr. Gonzo in order to cover certain events. What was supposed to be work instantly explodes into an out-of-control, psychedelic journey for the American dream. If you watch only one movie about the 70’s and drug binges, this has to be it. Now on it’s merits.

      The lead roles are played by the amazing Johnny Depp and Benecio Del Toro. Both actors went to extensive lengths to prepare for their roles. Depp, being the professional that he is, actually lived with Thompson for months in order to get the character down properly. Put simply…it’s safe to say he nailed it,


      • becoming more of a Raoul Duke than Thompson could ever be (they actually became close friends until Thompson’s passing). Del Toro compliments Depp’s acting perfectly as Dr. Gonzo. Any fan of Depp or Del Toro should definitely see them as these characters because it shows the incomparable versatility and genius of their acting abilities. The combined chemistry between both actors is more than enough reason to see the movie, even if the plot might not interest you. It’s that amazing regardless.

        Altogether, the film is ridiculously funny, shockingly insightful and hauntingly addictive. From the very start, you’ll be sucked in, and despite it’s long length, you’ll be

        wishing it never ended. The production values are amazing, including some amazing and innovative scenes and shot compositions. The added bonus of seemingly endless celebrity cameos (Cameron Diaz, Toby Mcguire, Gary Busey etc.) also adds to the enjoyment of the film, especially since they’re so cleverly disguised. There isn’t one bad thing I can think of to say about this movie.

        To wrap this up, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is one movie everyone should see at least once before they die. I’ve watched it countless times and it never depreciates in enjoyment. Watch it once and you’ll be hooked.

        It’s one addiction you’ll never regret!




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