Friday, January 13, 2012

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Movie Review: Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas

                      So, I got this movie as a present, and was told it was a stoner movie. I had to watch it immediately. The astounding visuals, the actors, colors, sounds, music, trust me, I've never seen a movie as fucked up as this one. It tells the story of Roaul Duke and his attorney, Dr. Gonzo, who go to Las Vegas to cover a race for the paper, but go there with a suitcase full of drugs. They soon stop working and start stoning their assess off like you wouldn't think was humanely possible. 

That's the beginning. No, seriously.
                      Johnny Depp's character had a personality with a charm I had never seen before. Imagine a bald Jack Sparrow who runs around with a typewriter and is stoned all the time. Duke's one of my favorite characters now. His companion, Dr. Gonzo, was a dude crazy as shit. He would get high and walk around with a knife and start fucking around with everybody who he didn't like. The actor was Benicio del Toro, who appeared as a fat Samoan claiming he's a lawyer. At one point he even grabs a teenage girl of the street, gets her high on acid and has his way with her. 


                     Some great actors appear as background characters, too. The guy who does Mini-me's there, Flea as a musician, Cameron Diaz, Christina Ricci, Tobey McGuire too, the film's really a collection of a good all-star cast. 

                      Now, the thing about the film. It's full of dazzling colors, it shows what the mind of a stoner is like on the inside, and it's really fucking funny. You're going to have moments of panic, simplicity, pure, pure fear, and really, every emotion is put on a very, very huge level, to the point that you're really immersed into it and are almost acting like a stoner yourself by the end. You also feel a lot of sympathy for the anti-hero, who, really, we all love because it's Depp. 

Yeah, he's young, it's a '98 film.
                      The film really doesn't tell a story, it has no particular order, exactly. It does have a beginning, and an end, but the time loops and there's weird stuff in between. You don't know what's really going on and what not. There's some obvious parts, for example, where everybody turns to humanoid lizards, but then you see these very, very weird transitions and just don't know what's going on. If you can take a lot of raw emotion and love stoner films, I truly, truly recommend you see this modern classic of a movie. Oh, and get the book.

That man, right there, the one with the mustache, is a psycopath of the worst ones ever to have existed.