For No Good Reason (2014)
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Meet Ralph Steadman and his nightmare visions of a world in pain, revealed in a mesmerizing documentary.
The film makes it clear that not only was Steadman perfect for Thompson's work (and a big part of his success), his work stands on its own artistically.
Giving an overlooked luminary his due is reason enough for "For No Good Reason."
As wonderful as it is to watch the man work, and to review many of the startling images he created over the years, the film has its dead spots.
This is most worthwhile for its scenes of Steadman at work, flinging ink all over the place and turning the splatter marks into his signature grotesques.
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The film gives a very thorough look at the man's work and overall process, which I really enjoyed. The archival bits are fun, and the narration by Johnny Depp adds to things nicely, as he has been acquainted with both Steadman and his long time collaborator Hunter S. Thompson over the years. Recommended, and well worth a look.
It is an interesting art documentary with wonderful graphic designs and animation to depict this artist's work. Johnny Depp adds a nice touch as the interviewer and admirer of Steadman's work. I didn't know this artist before watching it but I really found his artwork quite interesting and could tell why people like Depp and Terry Gilliam are big fans of his.
This documentary is so concerned with fancy special effects, animation & the fact that it has Johnny Depp, that it complete forgets about its subject sometimes. It often even feels like a doc about Hunter S. Thompson, rather than Ralph Steadman. Anyway, lots of cool Steadman art on display (timelapses are especially nice), but overall quite a disappointment. SKIP IT
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