Bestsellers On The Big Screen: Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas

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Hunter S. Thompson’s style of gonzo journalism, a frenetic cocktail of personal anecdotes and incisive analysis, revolutionized the way news and culture was reported by abandoning "pure" objectivism (which was never attainable anyway). He was both observer and the object of his own observation; had he not been born, the late '60s and early '70s would have invented him anyway.

So it stands to reason that the influence of such a character would loom so enormously over the movie based on his most popular work. Johnny Depp (a personal friend of the Thompson) is, yes, just doing an HST impression for most of this movie. But his performance, along with the trippy and fantastical direction of Terry Gilliam, is exactly appropriate for the story being told: Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas is a meditation on the end of 1960s counterculture, a reflection on the Dali-esque melting of the American Dream – and one heck of a road trip.

1h 58m / R / Comedy / 1998

Tickets for the Bestsellers on the Big Screen classic movie series are $10 ($8 for Tampa Theatre Members) and are available at the Theatre’s historic Box Office, 711 N. Franklin Street, and online at (service fees apply.) Oxford Exchange will be in the lobby before each screening selling copies of that week’s book and other, relevant titles.
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