I’ve been thinking a lot about Hunter S. Thompson lately. We’re coming up on the anniversary of his death and that always gets me thinking about artists, art, and writing. So I had a couple beers and watch Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas again. I was actually going to do a review of drunk, in true Gonzo style, but I didn’t because… well… I was drunk.
The movie still holds up and is a great love letter to the book. I still don’t know how the hell that thing got made. I mean, can you actually tell me the plot of that Fear and Loathing? Two guys get high and trash a hotel room, and then get high and trash another hotel room. I know I’m not being fair to the book but this did get green lit for a movie that’s about all the more action is in the flick. You could make the argument that Duke tweaks to the fact that their bender – and by extension their lives – has gone too far, but I think he had a pretty strong suspicion that was going to happen even before they got to Vegas.
Do not think for one second I’m bagging on that book or the movie. The novel is probably my second favorite book of all time. It’s just not something that would lend itself to being made into a movie, which I guess is why they made it. And good for them. Filming the unfilmable movie is Punk Rock filmmaking at its finest.
Plus, there is something really magical about Johnny Depp reading Hunters word’s out loud. I’m so glad there are so many moments in the film where it’s really just you, Depp, and the words.
Not many people can write like Hunter when he’s on top of his game. There’s just something about the words he chooses to use and have such a presence and voracity. I’ve always wanted to be that deft with wordplay, but I’ve always felt my vocabulary to be a little thin. It’s something that happens when you are such a crap speller like I am. You stick to the nine words you know.
But hey, I’m writing a lot more now so maybe I’ll add a tenth word.
Edit: totally misspelled Vegas every time I used it in this post. But I’ve corrected it and you’ll never know I screwed up unless I write something on here about it. But what are the chances of that happening?