No “Story Behind…” this week as time really hasn’t allowed me to write a new one, but I do have a review:
Hunter S. Thompson was an interesting man, which was made clear by the movie Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas in which he goes on a drug filled journey and ends up in the most bizarre situations. If you’d like to know more about him I recommend watching the documentary Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter s.Thompson,which shows that what was shown in that movie was only a small part of a life filled with extremes. Knowing that The Rum Diary was also based on his work I was looking forward to seeing this, especially with Johnny Depp starring again.
Kemp (Depp) is a man moving to Puerto Rico to land a job as a journalist on the small island. The newspaper isn’t anything special, basically making sure that American tourists can read nice little fluffy stories about the happy things going on. Kemp, together with some of his colleagues end up in some of the politics played by other Americans on the island planning to make some changes.
Now if you go into this movie expecting more of the crazy stuff you saw in “Loathing” you will be very disappointed. First of all the movie is based on a book written by Thompson, but it is a fictional story and sadly that means it is a lot more boring compared to his real life. The movie shows a lot of talking with Depp ending up in some tense situations, but it never really gets exciting. It has a couple of funny moments, but in general it wasn’t as good as I expected. It did have some great performances though with Giovanni Ribisi’s Moberg being a standout one. He manages to make his character extremely weird (using a strange voice), but very believable. I was looking forward to the scenes he showed up in.
Overall The Rum Diary didn’t deliver the thrills or suspense necessary to keep you hooked. There is a lot of beautiful island imagery, some laughs and tense situations but in general it is not enough to make this a must see. Personally I’d rather rewatch “Loathing” or the Thompson documentary.