SIFF Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson
posted by May 27 at 9:48 AMon
This biography of the late, great Hunter S. Thompson is a thoroughly entertaining joyride through the life of a complex character. Fast and furious from the get go, the film examines the many faces of the boundary-pushing journalist: patriot, activist, booze-addled gun freak, muckraker, family man, depressive, iconoclast, visionary, asshole.
Loaded with archival video, photos, and audio, plus smartly edited interviews with his wives, son, editors, and friends, and peppered with Thompson’s own writing, voiced by Johnny Depp, the documentary succeeds because it feels so bloody thorough. The only bothersome device is the overly loud, sentimental music at every key moment.
The crowd at the stifling hot Egyptian seemed pleased with the antiwar, anticorruption, pro-human sentiments that parallel today’s liberal agenda and gave the film a hearty round of applause as the credits rolled. I exited equally inspired and depressed.
Gonzo doesn’t screen again at SIFF but is scheduled to open in Seattle on July 4.