Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas (1998)


I hate to say this, but this place is getting to me. I think I’m getting the Fear.

— Dr. Gonzo

This is my first foray into the directing style of Terry Gilliam. I saw the Criterion version of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Wow. This movie is twisted mind fuck.

I am not saying that this is a bad movie. It’s not the kind of movie that pulls me in.

On a road trip to Las Vegas, Raoul Duke (Johnny Depp) and his lawyer, Dr. Gonzo (Benincio del Toro) encounter strange characters and situations as they migrate their way throughout the city of pure fantasy.

Being high on copious amounts of drugs, the duo doesn’t know what is real and what is not.

This movie makes me think what an empty life drug addicts have.

Its very straightforward in its approach. I wasn’t compelled by the movie. Johnny Depp was a little “Jack Sparrow” in this movie with a receding hairline.

Judgment: If you want to see a fantastical film about drug, this film’s for you.

Rating: ***1/2

About Branden

Branden: I am just your average movie nut that reviews films. Gives his take on pop culture and Hollywood happenings. Dreams to have his own thriving website and make a living doing what he is passionate about.

Posted on May 22, 2009, in 1998, Comedy, Drama, The Criterion Collection and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. You’re just a stupid fuck aren’t you? Fear and Loathing is one of the greatest movies ever created! How about you go sit the fuck down and watch it a few more times and reanalyze your synopsis you fucking bastard!

  2. actually, Branden, although that may be true, but saying that drug addicts have an empty life is more of an insult to them rather than an opinion. yess it does ruin some peoples’ lives, but most of them still do shit with their lives. and im not saying this from personal experience, ive never become addicted to anything, but more from a friend’s point-of-view.

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