Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

An extensive look in to the life of Dr Hunter S. Thompson "Gonzo" is now playing at the Regal Arbor Theater. I checked it out and it should be screening for the next 3 weeks or so. For those of you not familiar...

Narrated by Johnny Depp, the 118-minute "Gonzo" is illustrated with tons of archival photos and video and is chock-full of interviews - with conservative pundit Pat Buchanan, former President Jimmy Carter, Thompson's artistic co-conspirator Ralph Steadman, the writer's two wives and son, and many others. The movie focuses on Thompson's most creatively fertile period, 1965-75, when he cranked out books on the Hell's Angels and the 1972 presidential campaign, wrote "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" and ingested the contents of several pharmacies.

The film opened nationally on the 4th of July, a perfect date considering that Hunter really was a true patriot. I was able to catch it a couple of days ago and as someone who has seen every documentary on Thompson as I have to say this is the most extensive and well made of the group. Even if you are not familiar with his work I suggest you go see this.

[Official Website with National screenings list]