Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson (2008)

Dr. Gonzo is as intriguing and intelligent as he is psychotic and bewildering. Dr. Hunter S. Thompson is most notably known (at least for my generation) as the author of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas where he takes you on a journey of psychedelics to the point that no one else has been able to recreate at such a high level of popularity. This popularity somewhat destroyed the man he started out as, a man who could hide in anonymity and write stories from the perspective of an outsider. This documentary of his life shows you the person he was behind the stories he wrote.

Gonzo is thought provoking much like Thompson was in his place in time. He stirred the pot in main stream culture in many ways. Starting off as a journalist following the Hells Angels, moving on to politics, and then trying to find the American Dream. The film takes pieces of what seem like home movies, edits them together, and overlaps them with interviews from the people that were closest to him in a well done narrative from start to finish. You really get a feel of who he was, or at least the person he thought he was, which was complicated at times.

I can’t really say much more without actually getting on a roll and telling you his life story. All I can say is I’m extremely interested in reading his novels and diving into the world of Dr. Gonzo. This is probably more of a documentary for someone who lived through the 60s and 70s, who hasa base from which Hunter draws his conclusions from. I am not a person who lived through that time period, but either way I was throughly impressed at the scale of his craft and the time he put into it.

dunk-o-meter: 7/10

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