A perfect combination of director, subject-matter & star, this suitably chaotic vision of Thompson's gonzo post-mortem on the American Dream is like a wild-beast! Through a series of ambitious visual indulgences, it's a film that vividly evokes the dizzy highs & terrifying lows of its two drugged-out protagonists (brilliantly cast), while also successfully capturing the injured tone of Thompson's still relevant text.
Fun but overrated. Gilliam misunderstands Thomson & he makes the mistake of focusing on the drug binges more than the political insights that Thomson made about American life in his piece. It essentially de-politicizes Thomson, so no wonder there are right-wingers who love this movie. They'd hate to know the real Thomson, you know, the one who said that the IWW was the last human concept in American politics.
3.1 stars. Not the bitter pill of Thompson's book... However, while I used to complain the trips in the film were rendered all-too-literally, my best friend who has had (unlikely myself) many pharmacological experiences, assures me that the lizard scene and Depp's funny walk are both totally on the money! I still feel this is too zany by far, but then I'm kind of a square. It is, admittedly, druggy fun!
Extremely inventive dope road movie. Here there is few cool "drug is fun so let's show how trippy it is" camera shots that help the audience - we have to accept that the characters are drugged with the help of the acting and script. The movie seemed to trap Johnny Depp into doing the same roles afterwards: eccentric drug/alcohol infected characters with strange quirky behavior while mumbling to himself.
To love the book is to love this movie. A more perfect, dead on adaptation of a classic and iconic tome you could not possibly imagine! Gilliam approaches the material with fearlessness and absolute passion. Depp and Del Toro embody and portray the timeless Don Quixote and Sancho Panza archetypes with the brash and beautiful hunger of youth. Seeing this in a movie theater was a psychedelic orgasm. Pure Gonzo cinema!