It seems adapting books into movies is a lot more difficult than we’d thought, especially when it has to do with an infamous book like Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas which spins right out of the ordinary world settings.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas in as much as it is very controversial and comes with a hard concept lacks any central plot which is probably another great reason why many earlier producers find it difficult adapting the surreal novel into a hit movie.
The lack of a central plot though challenging, however, is the beauty of the movie, it gives characters so much freedom to do as much as they want and at the same time infuses so much fear of going overboard with their adapted skins lest they are perceived as uncomfortable in their own skins.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is not much a movie one will want to spend a minute longer watching as it comes with so much visual reality which most of us are scared of, but sometimes the very forbidden fruits lures us more than those within our reach, and that’s precisely what the movie did – it touches the very issue the society frowns at without much fear or resentment.
The movie instead embraces the vices with much grace and brings to light what the “outcasts” face in their attempt to eat the forbidden fruits.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas was directed by Terry Gilliam and is based on the infamous fear and Loathing in Las Vegas semi-fiction novel by Hunter S. Thompson.
The movie featured Raoul Duke (Johnny Depp) a freelance magazine writer sent to cover a motorcycle race in the Nevada and his ether-snorting partner, Dr. Gonzo (Benicio del Toro).
Together both set out in a red convertible with the trunk fully stocked with illegal booze and drugs.
The duo picked a young hitchhiker along the road, who later became terrified of the duo drug use and had to run on foot into the city.
For fear of being exposed to the authorities, the duo tried to reach the city before the young hitchhiker but was already “high” on a whole sheet of Sunshine Acids.
By the time they reached the hotel, Duke had already lost it and could barely stand to check into his room.
The movie goes on and on with alternate times between actual drug use, and after use effects: vomiting, lying in the vomit, attempt to recall previous day’s happenings and frustration resulting to inability to do just that.
Both had to struggle time and again with bills and sometimes had to sneak out of the hotel rooms after much damage and wrecks.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is one of such ironic movies that’s hard to sit through but only becomes more interesting as you spend more time watching it.
Watching as both characters struggle between addiction, personal beliefs and the society’s desire to push its sense of right and wrong onto the duo especially when they were in a conference addressing the use of Marijuana really is a life lesson for everyone.