A writing assignment lands a journalist and his sidekick on a business trip in Las Vegas. Before long, a suitcase of mind-bending pharmaceuticals and nonstop neon has them forgetting the business part of their trip. Based on Hunter S. Thompson’s legendary tale.
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Before this catastrophe, I kinda liked Gilliam even if he never managed to completely keep himself from losing control in films like Brazil and 12 Monkeys. I will be honest, I turned this off after 30 minutes. It's just the same joke repeated at nausea. We get it Terry, you like to make "dark" movies. How about next time you make a "mature" movie. Something that doesn't just feel over the top for the sake of it.
This could very easily have been less an adaptation of the book than an adaptation of that guy with a Doors poster on his dorm room wall telling you how the book changed his whole outlook on the world, but it blessedly, improbably turned out to be more or less the book, with most of its good and tiresome qualities intact.
I went to the Circus Circus bar in Las Vegas (How much for the Ape scene). By far the most depressing thing is seeing that bar empty. The guy who runs it makes his own hours and does not come in regularly.
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.
blah blah, do some drugs, see some stereotypical hallucinations. loved the book but this movie just didn't do it for me. maybe cause every time i tried to watch it i was shitfaced drunk. and the only movie i like when i'm shitfaced drunk is 28 days later.