Film Reviews, Short Review

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

3/4

Few directors, if any, are more suited to directing Hunter S. Thompson’s account/surrealisation of a drug-fuelled binge in Las Vegas. Terry Gilliam has always been a uniquely imaginative yet flawed director, but Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas plays to his strengths, with its splurges of visual flair and sensory overload plunging deeper and deeper into the dark, washed-up heart of the hippie dream c. the early 1970s. The cast is great too, and although Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro aren’t exactly playing the most multifaceted characters – drugs tend to do that to you – they attack both roles with just the right doses of comedic vigour, ecstatic madness, and post-comedown dreariness, even if the film is occasionally a little too scattershot to really make a lasting impact.

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