Fear and Loathing in... Camden?
I was somewhere around the DVD section in HMV when the drugs began to take hold... Only joking, I was actually entirely sober and ruminating on what to write on the blog; I had already done a book review on the classic "To Kill A Mocking Bird" and thought it was once again time to reveal to the world my rather quaint and kooky view on the next masterpiece I could lay my hands on... Right, so why was I in HMV? Well I broke the first rule of any book review, I didn't read the book, and I sort of lost the damn thing so let's make it a movie review instead this month and focus on Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
Based on the novel by Hunter S. Thompson, the movie begins on the dusty highway leading through the Nevada desert to the bright lights of Las Vegas, America's own promise land of vodkamilk and honey. With a suitcase full of narcotics, Raoul Duke (Johnny Depp) and his ape-like sidekick Dr Gonzo (Benicio Del Toro) are on a madcap road trip to write on the Mint 400 race, but this is just another pit stop in the raging drug binge which is Duke's life.
Filled with a whole host of cameos and crazy characters, at first you find the misadventures of the hopeless duo wildly hilarious but the film soon takes a dark turn, showing you a broken-down beat-up 1960's America where the American dream had been and gone. What is the American dream? This is the central question of the film and is posed time and again; Duke tries to find an answer in his rather insane way and comes up with a pretty heavy conclusion.
This is an outstanding and brave film with some Godlike acting from Depp and Del Toro and not forgetting the Monty Python legend and director Terry Gilliam.
We have given Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 4 mind bending pharmaceutical suitcases full of narcotics out of 5
And don't forget you can channel Duke and Dr Gonzo only at Rokit, check out our Fear & Loathing inspired looks...
Love from Sam at Camden x