One of the best Some of the greatest lines in movie history are in this film...infinitely quotable, and just insane sequence after insane sequence. A (somewhat) true story about one of the craziest trips 2 men could ever take to Las Vegas, while also being a commentary on how "The American Dream" is essentially the death-rattle of the 60's peace movement, presented in Terry Gilliam's signature visual style. Underrated, amazing performances from Depp and Del Toro, and quite brilliant overall.
Great Portrayal of Hunter S.T.! Depp was great, as was Benicio! Hunter S. Thompson even said that Depp was brilliant, and the two became close friends afterwards & until Hunter offed himself! The special effects were so-so at best, but it's to be expected because of the times.
If you've never had the opportunity... To try psychedelics, this movie is as close to an accurate depiction of their effects as you're likely to find. Johnny Depp's seminal effort in this film is the embodiment of iconoclast Hunter Thompson.
Watch the movie, THEN read the book This is a rare one that has to go in reverse order. If you watch the movie first, you have visuals. If you then read the book, it explains that it is all true and as you read, you will cry laughing. Promise!