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Wait Till You See Those Goddamn Bats.

Reviewing: Terry Gilliam Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas  |  Rating:
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What really is there to say about Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas but pure genius. Hunter S. Thompson and his lawyer Oscar Zeta Acosta doing every drug imaginable and loving every moment. I think that's called living your life to the fullest.

The movie starts with Raoul Duke (Thompson's alter ego) and Dr. Gonzo (Acosta) driving a red convertible from L.A to Las Vegas on this long empty road, Duke was assigned to do a story on a motorcycle race, with a suitcase full of drugs to take at their lessure. "We had two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a saltshaker half-full of cocaine, and a whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers... Also, a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of beer, a pint of raw ether, and two dozen amyls. Not that we needed all that for the trip, but once you get into locked a serious drug collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can."

They put down quite a few drugs while on the road, Duke sees bats waving his fly swatter around to ward them off mummbling to himself while Gonzo advises him as his lawyer to drive faster. Once in Vegas, they rent their hotel room under Duke's name and trash the place. Dr. Gonzo goes back to L.A. thinking that their damage will lead to an arres, Duke has interesting run in with a highway cop while going back to get his lawyer and then after a brief conversation with Gonzo decides to return to Las Vegas.

Now he plans on covering the District Attorney Convention on Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs at the Flamingo Hotel where they again trash their room. As Duke so wonderfully noted "there was a certain bent appeal in the notion of running a savage burn on one Las Vegas hotel, and then just wheeling across town and checking into another." The two go walking around a casino circus and seeing hallucinations. A lot of flash backs, random talking and so very fun.

It's hard to explain it's one of those movies you'd have to see for yourself and experience it. Johnny Depp who played Thompson did a wonderful job he was so in character it was amazing. Benicio Del Toro did a wonderful job as Acosta it was great! It's one of those movies I could watch a thousand times and never get tired of seeing it.