I've hated some movies this summer for betraying their source material to deliver a generic but cutting-edge action movie. There's nothing cutting-edge about this failed comedy-adventure that embarrasses everyone connected with it, not just the titular hero.
Public Enemies is a well-drawn period drama, a look at America's historic love affair with the colorful gangsters of the Depression era without celebrating them. Johnny Depp, a master at playing outsiders, gives us a John Dillinger who's both a driven, aggressive man and one who's realizing that he has no future.
A documentary about Hunter S. Thompson, one of the most original, entertaining writers and personalities in living memory, is going to be a hoot. I mean, if you can't make an engaging film about this guy, you have no business in show business. So it's a given that there will be laughs and outrage and interest in Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. Question is, will it live up to its subject or simply be an interesting clip show?