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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas

I can't help but get the feeling that if I had seen this when I was younger, maybe in my teenage years, it would have been rated higher. There is something about the film that feels like it would fit in line with my taste in cinema back then. That is not to say that this film is lacking, or that I didn't enjoy it. I very much did enjoy it, but that is the first impression I got once the credits rolled.

Depp delivers a solid comedic performance that captures the essence of what Hunter S. Thompson was all about. He manages to make it both grounded and comedically surreal. Del Toro is a strong supporting character that honestly, probably doesn't get enough credit for what he does here. He's manic and on the edge of sanity. This drug-fuelled trip is probably a good representation of what it would feel like to be on those drugs.

Gilliam's films are either hit or miss with me, but Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas falls under the hit side of his filmography. He had the right amount of indie creativity to pull off something like this and I would be hard-pressed to find another film like it that has come out in the last 20 years.

That Tobe Maguire though....I guess I just don't like his face....