To be fair, it couldn’t have been easy shooting a POV film about two men who chow down on mescaline and cocaine for breakfast and director Terry Gilliam, never known for his subtlety anyway, gives it his best shot with tight sweaty close-ups, hyperkinetic dialogue, and a host of CGI hallucinations which include melting carpets and a bar full of polyester lounge lizards who morph into a viciously amusing Jurassic Park parody. The neon extravagance of Sin City also provides the perfect backdrop for Duke’s musings on where America went wrong, its soulless spectacles and gaudy patrons taking centre stage while Viet Nam flashes on the television and images of Richard Nixon float in and out of reality. When our two addled protagonists crash a convention of narcotics officers it’s impossible not to laugh at the sheer irony of it all. But the manic energy wears thin after a while, as does Depp’s machine gun narration, and trying to glean the meat of Hunter S. Thompson’s source novel from all those trippy detours becomes tiresome. A runaway merry-go-round of a film which insists on feeding you just one more hit of blotter acid when all you want to do is slow down and get off.
An easily avoidable visual stain based on Hunter S. Thompson's novel about a psychotropic road trip across Nevada, in which Thompson's alter ego, Raoul Duke (Johnny Depp) and his drug-addled attorney, Dr. Gonzo (Benicio Del Toro), travel massively DUI to Las Vegas in a Cadillac Eldorado convertible to cover a motorcycle race for an unnamed magazine. Are we amused yet? But just wait, because they get even more stoned- lots more- and behave really bizarrely; won’t that be entertaining? Fans and students of the 1960's counter-culture might enjoy this movie, although I doubt it. This one is really for undiscriminating Gilliam fans (I think there might be treatment available for that). With a strong emphasis on taking LD50-level doses of a large variety of psychedelics and intoxicants- and little else except vomiting and vandalism- this movie drags on like an uncontrollably ugly opium dream, adulterated by poorly manufactured designer acid. Depp plays an extremely unattractive, psychotically narcissistic and paranoid Thompson without any comedic presence whatsoever (as apposed to that of Bill Murray's portrayal of Thompson in “Where the Buffalo Roam”). This movie is not funny, witty, charming or in the least bit enjoyable. Any sane, decent human being will find this movie repellent. You may additionally experience chills, diarrhea, incontinence, nausea or vomiting, difficulty with swallowing, puffiness or swelling of the eyelids, face, lips, or tongue. Some viewers may experience an increased risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior.
I thought this movie was great when I saw it originally. It is hilarious for about 10 minutes and then you get bored and press eject.
Almost as bad as the FVRL website has become, confusing and hard to understand...
It's a Terry Gilliam film based on Hunter S Thompson's, book!
Of course it's not for everyone, it's ugly, gross, bizzare, scary, and hillarius all at the same time! I LOVED It!! The books great too!
This movie was so boring I couldn't even get halfway through it. The book is way better, read it instead of watching this movie.
What a treat! This is surely a team Gregg movie and is great popcorn classic. Any decent human being can enjoy this comedy, it's a hoot.
I turned this movie off within the first 10 minutes because of such horrid acting! I find that Depp's acting skills are hit and miss. Not my type of humour.
I thought this movie was awful. I got it because of a long-term recommendation from a friend. This movie will forever rank in my memory as only the second movie in my life that I didn't finish watching. It was pointless, stupid, and had no plot. Just a couple of stupid drug addicts walking through Vegas acting like a couple of real "JERKS." (I would have used a stronger word, but you get my meaning.) Don't waste time nor energy on this one.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas ---- (DVD) c- 1998 ---- I was near the end of this movie and could not stand anymore! ---- one and a half Stars. ---- Rated "R". ---- Working awfull hard to get a laugh. ---- Richardpaul (Finished 2-2013)
Funnier than I expected. Weird and, sure, for some, wonderful. I however couldn't relate, but Gilliam has a fanbase that would eat this kind of tale up. Depp does a decent character performance and there's cameos galore to behold. Plot takes a backseat to experience in this one.
...there are two camps those that can't relate to Terry Gilliam & those that get wrapped up in the crazy worlds he creates. I am from the latter group. This film is straight up Terry Gilliam & he takes you for a ride with this film...only Gilliam could pull this off!!!
By 60's and 70's standards - this movie has a certain appeal. The drugged-out paranoid nut-cases portrayed by Benicio Del Toro and Johnny Depp, would have been very much in vogue. And it's no secret that Depp's character Raoul Duke, the perpetually stoned journalist, is the alter ego of Hunter S. Thompson, the author of the book of the same title. Before his suicide, Thompson was an unrepentant serial user of all drugs, a gun fetishist, and a serious anarchist, who is credited with creating 'gonzo journalism' (Del Toro's personal attorney character: Dr. Gonzo... surprised?) - a subjective first-person narrative that is is used to move this film along. If you like Director Terry Gilliam films, you'll think this is a bang-up beauty - right up there with some of his other frenzied flicks! I find Gilliam's films exhausting to watch for all the wrong reasons, and this fantasy - with constant barf scenes in toilets (yeah... he films real chunks being spewed - lovely, eh?!) made me dizzy enough to want to turn off the damn screening several times. By today's standards, FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS remains at worst - a morbid curiosity - and at best,a cult classic for a particular kind of viewer. It's not a movie I would recommend as having any redeeming qualities to today's general audiences.
I read this book as a teen and enjoyed where the buffalo roam with bill murray as Hunter S. Thompson. However, Johnny Depp rocks in the role. The movie is a very good almost literal representation of the book. Hilarious and well acted. I don't think a better job of putting the book to film would be possible.
Fun fact: Prior to filming, Johnny Depp swapped his car for Hunter S. Thompson's red Chevrolet convertible and spent weekends driving it around California in preparation for the role. Meanwhile, Thompson spent that period in Depp's car with a woman named Heidi, writing an essay called "Fear And Loathing In Hollywood: My Doomed Love At The Taco Stand" that was partially published in Time Magazine, along with a new Ralph Steadman drawing of a gargoyle-like Dr. Gonzo. Anyhow I think Johnny Depp is absolutely brilliant in this film. I highly recommend this film to fans of Hunter S. Thompson, and of Johnny Depp. This is a very good movie that deserves a watch.
The whole movie is about drug addiction. I couldn't find much about Las Vegas nor Fear nor Loathing. But it's a good DVD, if you're interested in the 1970s' documentaries about Drug & Gambling. Johnny Depp's most ugliest role ever.