ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas ★★★ 11.00pm-1.20am ITV4
If you caught the recent documentary For No Good Reason, you’ll have seen a warm reunion between Johnny Depp and wild British artist Ralph Steadman, who met while making Terry Gilliam’s cultish adaptation of “gonzo” journalist Hunter S Thompson’s account of a drug-fuelled odyssey to Las Vegas. (Steadman’s incredible drawings illustrated the original novel.) The film stars Depp as the bloated, bald Thompson surrogate, with Benicio Del Toro as his mysterious pharmacist companion. Both ingest stimulants and experience hallucinations — a moving lobby carpet pattern is pure Gilliam — and the film starts in chaos and doesn’t let up. It’s infuriating but gloriously mad, so you’ll need to be in the right mood.
It may not sound like a hoot, but there’s plenty of sparkling wit in a story that finds Jake Gyllenhaal living with the parents of his recently deceased girlfriend, played by Dustin Hoffman and Susan Sarandon.
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