Book Review “Gonzo: A Graphic Biography of Hunter S. Thompson”

Author(s): Will Bingley, Anthony Hope-Smith
Paperback: 180 pages
Publisher: Abrams
Release Date: April 1, 2012

Our Score: 5 out of 5 stars

I have been fascinated with Hunter S. Thompson’s work for many years. He has such a unique perspective on the world and will not be able to be replaced by anyone. This book is really an amazing look into this life from the birth of Gonzo Journalism to “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” to his sad death. If you are a fan of HST, this is an much purchase.

By the way, did I mention it is actually an illustration biography. Thanks to the amazing illustrations of Anthony Hope-Smith, HST’s life to death is presented to you in this wonderful format. The book itself is presented in soft cover and its pages compliment the very crisp and sharp illustrations very well. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this biography but it was very intimate and enjoyable. I recommend this graphic illustration very highly.

This book is one of those books that you just have to revisit over and over. I have a feeling as well, I will be passing this book around to many of my friends to enjoy as well. Be sure to check out the beautiful and honest foreword from HST’s editor Alan Rinzler. Lastly, I commend Abrams for publishing this fantastic book and I would love to see future volumes like these as well. I leave you with one of my favorite quotes from Hunter S. Thompson “No sympathy for the Devil, keep that in mind.  Buy the ticket, take the ride”.

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.