Universal/Rhino (Laila Nabulsi & Patrick
USA 🇺🇸 1998
W: Terry Gilliam, Tony Grisoni, Tod Davies & Alex Cox
[based on the book by Hunter S. Thompson]
DP: Nicola Pecorini
Ed: Lesley Walker
Mus: Ray Cooper
PD: Alex McDowell
Cos: Julie Weiss
Johnny Depp (Raoul Duke), Benicio del Toro (Dr. Gonzo), Tobey
Maguire (The Hitchhiker), Gary Busey (The Highway Patrolman), Ellen Barkin (The Waitress), Christina Ricci (Lucy)
Terry Gilliam's surreal trip follows a journalist and his
attorney as they drive into Las Vegas on a wild drug binge.
Hunter S. Thompson's original book was deemed unfilmable due
to the subject matter and the adaptation is as messy as it is is bizarre. Gilliam does a great job making each visual look like it's captured through the eyes of a drug user.
There's not much story, character development or memorable
dialogue, but it still manages to be a memorable film, and though there doesn't seem to be much point to it, this is, ironically, the point.