Tuesday, March 12, 2013

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

Hunter S. Thompson created his own brand of journalism, most notably in covering the Hell's Angels and his novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and became an icon for the counter culture in the process. While railing against what insulted his ideas of patriotism, Thompson became something equally detestable in promoting his own American brand of feckless, drunken, drugged out buffoonery. "Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson"  is another superb entry from Alex Gibney, who shifted focus from larger topics in "Enron: the Smartest People in the Room" and "Taxi to the Darkside" to cover the outlandish journalist. Gibney works from a wealth of Thompson's own personal archives and interviewees who present what feels like a balanced reflection on the life of an abstruse individual.