The acting, imagination (including a dash of cultural commentary), and the mix of disturbing and hilarious all combine together into a mutant of a movie that is highly enjoyable but hard to love (most likely due to it's un-relentless pace that doesn't take a sliver of a moment to let it take it what we witness).
"There he goes.One of God's own prototypes.A high-powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production.Too weird to live, and too rare to die." definitely on of my all-time favorite movie quotes
On scene by scene basis there's a lot to like, it's a perfect background film. but not until reading the book was it apparent why the film never clicked for me. Gilliam's sensibilities are always too whimsical what's missing is the 'Fear' that's constantly resurfacing in the book, Gilliam approached adaptation in the way Truffaut criticized tackling only the film-able aspects.Fun but its only surface level.
Great film, successful adaptation of the book. One of a few drug related films that concentrates not on the harm of the drugs, but gives a wider picture: critique of American Dream, Mr Big Success. The possibility of being happy and succeeding in other ways (not only in this loaded Vegas type fat man). And the hope that success, that alternative American dream, this light in the end of the tunnel is somewhere there.
"Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" is a trip ... and not just in the drug-laced way that this film propagandizes. Johnny Depp is in natural acting form here, and hysterical at that. Of course, we are all familiar with Gonzo journalism, but here we get to see (with Terry Gilliam's twisted eye) how exactly this concept manifests when the two main characters go to a conference on drug addiction. Highly recommended.
one of the movies the script of which you'd like to read on your own with high probability of putting one of the phrases of it on your wall in front of the desk. so that you can always remind yourself that we all actually live in a fear and loathing of las vegas.