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Fear and Loathing in Aspen

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Scruffy, mature story of Hunter S. Thompson, politics.

Movie NR 2021 85 minutes
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age 15+

Great but misleading

Great story about the great gonzo writer Hunter Thompson when he ran for sheriff with hippies as his backers. I thought it was really good except the movie makes it out to be them against the Republicans which isn't true. His opponent was Carroll Whitmore a Democrat. This is the problem with today's movies. They won't tell the truth that the Democrats have always been the party against civil rights and have always been the old guard of the country. For once Hollywood how about telling the truth.

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Though it lacks the production value of other movies about Thompson, this loose, zany tale of sound and fury signifying nothing has just enough sheer, scruffy invention to please true Gonzo fans. Formerly titled Freak Power: The Battle of Aspen, Fear and Loathing in Aspen is a clever mix of real, archival, documentary-style film footage blended seamlessly with similar-looking but fictional footage, plus split-screens and new, widescreen footage of events as they're happening. This has the effect of drawing viewers into that time and place without much production design.

As Thompson, Bulger can't quite compete with heavyweights Bill Murray (Where the Buffalo Roam) and Johnny Depp (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and The Rum Diary). But, working with actual Thompson prose, he lands the writer's trademark deadpan snarl and devil-may-care delivery and sells the role effectively. At the helm, Bobby Kennedy III -- grandson of the late Senator Bobby Kennedy -- makes his directing debut, presumably bringing his own knowledge (and cynicism) of American politics, as well as his own perspective. An admittedly fictionalized version of actual events, Kennedy's movie creates a kind of chugging suspense as the election grows closer, even if it can't seem to find much meaning in the outcome. Fear and Loathing in Aspen ends with a bit of a thud, but its parallels to modern politics still make it a decent candidate for a viewing.

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