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  • Whilst other drug movies tend to centre on the evils of various substances, or on the big business side of things, I found Fear and Loathing refreshing in its lightheartedness
  • Depp is in his element as the gesticulating Duke and in my opinion this is his finest performance

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      I am of the opinion that this movie is one of the greatest drug stories ever told. Johnny Depp and Benicio DelToro star in Terry Gilliam’s adaptation of Hunter S.

      Thompson’s cult novel.

      The movie opens with the two lead characters Raoul Duke (Depp) and his attorney (Del Toro), tearing across the desert


      in a drug fueled frenzy.

      The movie doesn’t depart very far from this throughout, as the intoxicated pair stumble their way from one encounter to the next, in a haze of narcotics.

      Whilst other drug movies tend to centre on the evils of various substances, or on the big business side of things,


      • I found Fear and Loathing refreshing in its lightheartedness.

        Although there several scenes which suggest a darker side to the trip, including Del Toro getting far too comfortable with a large knife! Depp is in his element as the gesticulating Duke and in my opinion this is his finest performance.

        Having read the

        book, and having also read other books of Hunter S.

        Thompson, I was eager that this movie should be as true to Thompson’s spirit as possible, and that it should stick closely to the content of the novel.

        I found that it didn’t disappoint on either of these requirements, as so often book adaptations do.




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