This is a good but not a great version of the book simply because few producers could've got away with a film of such a faggy,druggy,repulsive book as the Naked Lunch but it's also true that the director is creatively enough on the cult writers wavelength to've hybridized the literary with the kinematographic,having imaginatively metabolized Burroughs own fiction as a fan himself to produce this mulatto creation,the film of THE NAKED LUNCH.
As such,there's no need to think the film a strict translation of a book and not least because of the directors own input of talking insect typewriters and Julian sands character but because it is more brazenly biographical than Burroughs own book/s-the mood of the film is slightly Genet,very Giger,a tad Hammer,a wee bit Thompson,a mite Bladerunner and Ortonish and very Weimar-oddly enough it has some quite witty moments not least because of Wellers fab deadpan performance...he is the star,as the writers substitute but all the actors are great and Sands once again,the underrated man.
The film is a good and gross insight into a pot/post-war Yippy-Beat outsider mindset that fuellled the sleazy rise of the sixties bourgeois revolutionaries generation,say,Clinton,into power within the ZOG mafia who have now destroyed western civilisation from within and become the rabbinical persecutors and Grand Inquisitors of everyone not brazenly gay,(Ginsburg)Yiddish(Kafka,'Jackdaw',another Jewish writer,of the Metamorphosis,is namechecked in the screenplay)or druggy or acceptable in a long list of alleged minorities et cetera-the film ist zweifellos entartete kunst und Kultur Bolschewistisch and not one tovarish Stalin would enjoy,either,as a product of western decadence but certes,it is not as ehrful as his The Fly,perhaps the grossest film ever.
On the commentary,Cronenburg admits the ravishment of the gigolo scene could've been somewhat better and I remove one star for this alone as the Henson studio or stopframe might've given a better effect and personally,I'm not a purist when directors lack the budget or technology to make the film they would've wanted to so this scene would be better computer generated as it looks a tad mediaeval mummer show...I approve of the enhancement of the Devil Rides Out special effects on Blu-ray and I haven't seen them and think all monochrome films should be colourised at least as a choice
The dvd itself as chronic entertainment comes in at just under 5 hours with a documentary,intervue,trailer,photo gallery and commentary and some irrelevant opportunist trailers-read the book for a comparison but the book is the same modernist nihilism of the kind the film more or less tones down and which righteous Liberals love to wallow in,masochistically.