Posted on 2/06/11 08:57 PM
I'm back on RT! It's been about a year or so since my last review so I'll try to write something interesting/entertaining.
My expectations before watching Fear & Loathing were mixed. Having never read the book and knowing very little about Hunter S. Thompson, I wasn't so sure it would impress me. However, the opening scene (Arguably the most informative if you haven't read the book) was fast paced and intriguing. Everything about the first half of the film is funny or at least entertaining, something that was missing from Where The Buffalo Roam (But I'll get into that later). Johhny Depp is almost more of a believable Thompson than Thompson himself! Both Depp and Benicio Del Toro completely devoted themselves to their roles which really shows. I felt that Del Toro did an excellent job at portaying Dr. Gonzo, a nice balance of humour and general creepiness. After having now read the book, I don't think they could've found any two actors better than Depp and Del Toro. Unfortunately, the second half of the film starts to get really sloppy and confusing. Although there are a few good scenes, that second half was a big let down. Terry Gilliam was a great choice for director, the visuals for the film perfectly captured the look of Steadman's artwork. To wrap things up, you'll appreciate the film a lot more if you've read the book. As is, the film could've done a lot better at explaining what's happening onscreen and why. Reading the book will certainly clear up any confusion of the film, which deserves a score of 8.
Note: Please excuse my writing style for the moment, I'm a bit out of it from watching the Super Bowl. (You can fill in the blanks) Expect more reviews in the future!