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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Johnny Depp Benicio Del Toro directed Terry GilliamFear and Loathing in Las Vegas
An Emily Blunt Review
Starring: Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro
Directed by: Terry Gilliam
Rated: R (drug stuff)




Bluntly speaking? I decided to take advantage of Mr. Johnny Depp's renewed popularity and use it as an excuse to re-expose this underrated, hardly seen film…the overlooked masterpiece of Terry Gilliam's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Thanks to the Charlie Kaufmans of the independent film world, new audiences are willing to take "mind trips" at the movies…viola! Here's the ultimate trip kids - and its ancient as far as film-world...practicall, "a classic."

Based on Hunter S. Thompson's wildly popular drug culture novel of the same name, director Terry Gilliam lets two of our greatest actors go to edges of madness with their characters. Though several viewings are recommended - starting with one is sufficient. The film is available at any video store or buy it here->

Story goes… Raoul Duke (Johnny Depp) has been assigned to cover a desert race in Las Vegas. It's the sixties and the height of the hallucinogenic era. Duke's chest deep in the scene. So is his oddly menacing sidekick, compadre and attorney, a one Dr. Gonzo (a Hefty McHeff styled Benicio Del Toro). Raoul invites Gonzo to join him for the weekend. Seems this Gonzo fella is also Raoul's drug supplier of sorts, and is getting in tune with the straight and narrow that belly's up the latest designer drugs…

Johnny Gettin' all Funkay.Off the two set, trunk of drugs and liqueur in tow...and faster then you can sing a verse from Jefferson Airplane's 'White Rabbit', their weekend get-a-away turns into a kaleidoscopic drug crazed shower of hilarity. Oh how you'll laugh at the antics these strange room mates conjure up. The story Raoul's been hired to cover quickly becomes a lost cause as the two paint the town red…and green…and yellow mixed with periwinkle fruitcake hues, dolloped with star flakes and moonbeams of the mind.

There's tons of cameos from the likes of Gary Busey and Christina Ricci--even Toby Maguire has an "incident" with the two. And its time capsuled multi-genre soundtrack is also worthy of immediate purchase.

Depp and Del Toro are masters at character creation…duh…here with the eye Gilliam has for tripping the light fantastic it's a virtual hootenanny, and luckily for all of us its been captured on film.

Snack recommendation: A quick stop in bat country to load up with a case of beer, a quart of tequila, five sheets of high quality blotter acid, half a salt shaker full of mescaline, uppers downers etc etc… I'M KIDDING. Kinda.

· DVD Features:
o Production notes
o Theatrical trailer(s)
o Deleted scenes
o Spotlight on location
o Web links
o Widescreen anamorphic format

Mature content (druggie stuff) Not for kids in any way-shape-or-form folks. Just a warning.


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