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Johnny Depp narrates this life and times of the late 'gonzo' journalist Hunter S. Thompson. As well-known for his drug-taking and copious alcohol consumption as he was for his savage counter-culture commentary, Thompson remains an icon of the American underground. The film includes clips of home movies, audiotapes and passages from unpublished manuscripts from Thompson's heyday, the decade between 1965 and 1975.
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A real must if you are a fan of Hunter S Thompson and will probably interest and engross those who perhaps only have a passing interest.
B.W.H. tended to be more light hearted and comedic due, in part I feel, to the fact that Thompson was still alive at the time of its making. After his passing "Gonzo" lets us into the thoughts and feelings of his family and friends. Understandably, they have some regrets about the way he lived his life - not to mention his untimely demise at his own hands. Gonzo also mourns the death of Thompson the writer who (in the opinion of most contributors) burned out far too quickly.
These are areas that have been less explored in the past; the emphasis used to be on the vicarious thrill of being witness to the life of a super-intelligent, gifted literary mainiac; who blazed through life always seemingly intersecting the avenues of madness, absurdity, politics, drugs, quixotic liberty and firearms. That "Gonzo" has its fair share of all the above is certain. But the necessity of this film is in its willingness to present the private truths of a life lived with such itensity.
There are some highly amusing and tantalising moments watching his good friend (and possibly soul-mate) Johnny Depp reading aloud his correspondence from around the time of the making of "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas". Ralph Steadman is also interviewed and, along with the views of his family, all of this, not before time, begins to dismantle the caricature that history had progressively assembled. Indeed, one of the central themes of the film is to show that Thompson had arguably become a caricature of himself (or was it Raul Duke?), as if sacrificing himself on the altar of Gonzo.
All in all this a film about Hunter S Thompson which will make you think as much as it will make you laugh. Buy it!
And indeed it is well written on the case that this DVD is for all zones.
So, read the previous review, accept my full backing to that review, be aware that there is also a five (five) CDs set of HST spoken word worth checking in the Amazon sites and decide for yourself.
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Really interesting and funny, the best film about Hunter S Thompson there is, shame his life ended the way it did.Published on 5 Sept. 2013 by lynn jarvie
The non-conventional look at an era in US history is refreshing and honest. It captures the essence of that period.Published on 13 April 2013 by Jenifer Ehreth
This was a very good documentary about Hunter and I enjoyed it immensely. Had to reread Fear and Loathing afterwards...Published on 2 April 2013 by Adam