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Benicio Del Toro

Bedtime for Gonzo doesn't come soon enough

Hunter S. Thompson, inventor of Gonzo journalism, is one of those forces of nature you're glad exists, since life is immeasurably more interesting with him around. But, at the same time, you thank God he doesn't live next door.

"Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" does a great job of making that point. Unfortunately, it does that in the first 20 minutes, then spends the next 100 pounding it home. And despite the use of every trick director Terry Gilliam has at his disposal -- as always, he has plenty -- the result drags in a way Thompson's prose rarely does.

Johnny Depp, doing a dead-on Thompson impersonation, is Raoul Duke (Thompson's literary alter-ego), a free-lance...