Film Review “Beware the Gonzo”

Directed by: Bryan Goluboff
Starring: Ezra Miller, Zoe Kravitz, Jesse McCartney
Studio: Tribeca Film
Running time: 1 hour 40 minutes
MPAA Rating: Not Rated

Our Score: 2 out of 5 stars

I was attracted to this movie due to the reference to gonzo journalism in lieu of Hunter S. Thompson. I was hoping this was going to show aspects of that but unfortunately this is really masked as a cheesy teen-high school comedy/drama. It starts off actually really strong but then gets very sappy and about half way through loses me entirely. I particularly drew tired of Ezra Miller weak attempt to impersonate Hunter S. Thompson’s persona in the beginning of the film, though he completely loses it also half way through the film.

The plot follow rebel Gonzo (Ezra Miller) who decides to start his own underground newspaper focusing on the underdogs when he is kicked out of the school paper by its editor Gavin (Jesse McCartney). He teams with Evie (Zoe Kravitz) and the rest of the school’s rejects to attack the popular kids, take them on and start a revolution.

The acting is weak in the film. Like I mention Ezra Miller overacts quite a bit. Zoe Kravitz is only acting because her father is Lenny Kravitz. Jesse McCartney is laughable and should stick to his singing career. The sound in the film is really poor and seems like the cast is screaming right into their microphones. Overall watch the first half of the film for sure and then break out your phone and hit the Angry Birds while watching the second half.

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