Saturday, July 5, 2008

Alex Gibney's Gonzo - The New York Times Review

The A.O. Scott review of Alex Gibney’s latest film, Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, is in, and it is a good one. He writes:

Gonzo, Thompson’s symbol for which was a two-thumbed fist clutching a peyote button, denotes a drug-fueled, madcap libertarianism, a pursuit of freedom to the very edge of good sense and beyond. But as Thompson first used the word, gonzo was an aurally suggestive, semantically vague adjective, and the noun it modified was, above all, journalist. And it is to Mr. Gibney’s great credit that while he pays due attention to the outsize, cartoonish celebrity persona Thompson fell back on when his literary powers began to wane, this film concentrates on the bold, innovative journalism that secured Thompson’s reputation and assures his immortality.