1. Candyhands's Avatar
    Director Alex Gibney ("Taxi to the Dark Side") takes a comprehensive and largely glowing look at the late master of "new journalism" in a rare summer documentary "Gonzo: The life and work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson."

    The film, narrated by Johnny Depp, is saturated with music splashed with dazzling images from the 60's and 70's. It features interviews with such Thompson acquaintances as Jimmy Buffett, George McGovern, illustrator Ralph Steadman along with family members. There is also plenty of film of the Doctor himself. Clips from earlier Thompson-influenced movies "Where the Buffalo Roam" and "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" seem out of place.

    The movie opens with background on Thompson's landmark "Hells Angels" book in which he was "imbedded" with the motorcycle group. A lot of time is also spent on Thompson's failed bid to win election as a Sheriff in Colorado.

    Thompson's love of guns is also a huge topic in the doc. Sadly, he used one to take his own life in 2005.

    The documentary closes with rare footage of the memorial service blast of Thompson's ashes into the Colorado sky (the media was barred from the ceremony).

    The movie presents the question how just how influential he could have been during our current time of political unrest over Iraq. Years of drug abuse and drinking had taken a toll and his journalistic power had faded as he coasted on celebrity status toward the end.

    "Gonzo: "The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson"
    Running time: Two ticks under two hours
    MPAA rating: R for drug use, profanity and nudity
    Magnolia Pictures :: Film Details.
    07-04-08 08:22 AM
  2. infernis-x's Avatar
    I wish something like this would open at the normal theatres.
    07-05-08 04:40 AM
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