As far as Hunter S. Thompson's filmatic journeys go, this outing should be one wild roller coaster, however a few factors stop it from being the enjoyable trip out we know is capable of the man. If your not familiar with Thompson then a lot of this wont make sense to you, so go read a book first, however back in the day, Hunter was a "Gonzo Journalist" a man notorious for writing books and articles on how much a farce the american dream was from small time effects of pollictical judgment coming from the unfair treatment of teenagers by the police to much larger scale topics like the super bowl or the presidency campagin. He would always write himself in, however would sometimes go under guises, depending on his mental state. See Hunter liked his booze and alchohol, so much so in this movie it refrences him with a bottle of wild turkey attached to his arm via an iv drip. This should give you a heads up to the kind of man were dealing with here. So Hunter works as a journalist for a local magazine, we follow the journey of him and his attourney Lazlo. Starting off in the courtroom as Lazlo fails miserably at trying to defend a nation of youths for pot smoking. Hunter writes his story and makes him a country wide big time story. The film from this point will follow Hunter throughout his stint at the super bowl, which is hilarioius, and his turn at covering the presidential campaign. Naturally nuttiness and wild drug infused antics ensue. However for all the comic notes that this movie hit right, there is something looming over this movies head, that for the time of its release wouldnt be a problem, however during to the aging process it has taken its toll. That is Johnny Depp and Fear and Loathing... See its not that Bill Murray doesnt play Hunter well, he does, hes got the mannerisms, hes got the chat, he actually understands the character. Much like Peter Boyle pulls off an entertaining version of Lazlo. Its just that the movie glorifies the nuttiness for comedic value where as in the ninties Depp, Del Toro and Gillingham created something way more depraved, hilarious and outright bonkers, while managing to thrive off the source material at hand. It is unfair of this film to be judged in comparesson but Depp is Hunter, where as Murray does him well. Boyle is entertaining as Lazlo, Del Toro is Lazlo. Art doesnt have the confidence to go full psychadelic, Gillingham does. Watching where the buffalo roam, you cant help but feel like this film is living in the shadows of its follow up. Not that it doesnt have a lot to offer, its funny, original, good to look at and has an amazing wealth of characters and music. However knowing its been done better and more within the world youd expect, its hard not to draw comparessons. Definatly give it time of day but this will only gear you up for Fear and Loathing. good Effort.