This surreal masterwork of unorthodox imagery is an absolute wonder to behold. Gilliam’s film is a cautionary parable about the inescapable pull of the American Dream and the false promises and lengths its’ pursuers must endure to achieve it. Excellent production design and awe-inspiring special effects recreate the hallucinogenic drug-fuelled atmosphere experienced by the film’s protagonists Raoul Duke and his attorney, Dr. Gonzo. Those sceptical of Johnny Depp’s flexibility as an actor following his oddly similar portrayal of roles in recent films (Jack Sparrow/Sweeney Todd/Willy Wonka) need only view Fear & Loathing to see just how magnificently diverse his talent really is. One of Gilliam’s greatest explorations into the darkest depths of the human condition.