Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
The weekend is upon us once again (Huzzah!), and I am sure you are all in dire need of entertainment. Well, Vili Flik is here to help! This week’s film recommendation is a modern classic which I’m sure a lot of you have already seen, but if you haven’t, you really need to.
Yes, it’s Terry Gilliam’s 1998 psychadelic fantasy-comedy-drama Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, based on Hunter S. Thompson’s novel of the same name. The film follows Duke and Gonzo during a drug-fueled Vegas trip (in both senses of the word). It stars Vili Flik favourites Benicio Del Toro and Johnny Depp, among others.
The film is hilarious, exciting and at times troubling, and Terry Gilliam (who I’m sure you know was part of Monty Python – themselves not entirely conventional) was apparently the only writer/director able precisely to convey Thompson’s novel – as many directors had failed to adapt it before him.
Both Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro prepared for their roles in extraordinary ways, and many of Johnny’s costumes were Thompson’s actual clothes. Del Toro gained quite a lot of weight for his role, and Depp actually moved into Thompson’s basement for four months in preparation for his role. That’s dedication!
The film is visually very interesting, and the story is simultaneously hilarious and a bit sad and disturbing. The actors all give wonderful performances – as one would expect from such great artists.
I’ll leave you with the trailer:
Enjoy the film, and have a great weekend!