Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Soundtrack

The original cowriter and director of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas was Alex Cox, whose earlier film Sid and Nancy suggests that Cox could have been a perfect match in filming Hunter S. Thompson's psychotropic masterpiece of "gonzo" journalism. Unfortunately Cox departed due to the usual "creative differences," and this ill-fated adaptation was thrust upon Terry Gilliam, whose formidable gifts as a visionary filmmaker were squandered on the seemingly unfilmable elements of Thompson's ether-fogged narrative. The result is a one-joke movie without the joke--an endless series of repetitive scenes involving rampant substance abuse and the hallucinogenic fallout of a road trip that's run crazily out of control. Johnny Depp plays Thompson's alter ego, "gonzo" journalist Raoul Duke, and Benicio Del Toro is his sidekick and so-called lawyer Dr. Gonzo. During the course of a trip to Las Vegas to cover a motorcycle race, they ingest a veritable chemistry set of drugs, and Gilliam does his best to show us the hallucinatory state of their zonked-out minds. This allows for some dazzling imagery and the rampant humor of stumbling buffoons, and the mumbling performances of Depp and Del Toro wholeheartedly embrace the tripped-out, paranoid lunacy of Thompson's celebrated book. But over two hours of this insanity tends to grate on the nerves--like being the only sober guest at a party full of drunken idiots. So while Gilliam's film may achieve some modest cult status over the years, it's only because Fear and Loathing is best enjoyed by those who are just as stoned as the characters in the movie. --Jeff Shannon

Director: Terry Gilliam
Stars: Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro, Ellen Barkin, Craig Bierko, Gary Busey
Production: Universal Pictures
  1 win & 3 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.7
Metacritic:
41
Rotten Tomatoes:
49%
R (Restricted)
Year:
1998
119
16,378 Views
#SongDuration
1One Toke Over The Line3:43
2She's A Lady3:14
3For Your Love2:36
4White Rabbit3:12
5Get Together5:41
6Mama Told Me Not To Come3:51
7Stuck Inside of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again7:27
8Time Is Tight3:30
9Magic Moments3:03
10Tammy3:03
11Expecting To Fly4:18
12Viva Las Vegas3:23

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