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      Fear and Loathing in Aspen

      Released Jul 23, 2021 1h 25m Drama List
      60% Tomatometer 5 Reviews 81% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings Fed-up with local pollution problems, journalist and activist Hunter S. Thompson challenges the establishment by running for sheriff of Aspen, Colo., in 1970. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Tony Sokol Den of Geek Fear and Loathing in Aspen feels good, even though it doesn’t have a strictly happy ending. But feeling good is good enough in this case. It’s short, but satisfying, and yet frustrating enough to consider giving something like this a try at home. Rated: 4/5 Oct 17, 2022 Full Review Rob Gonsalves Rob's Movie Vault There doesn't seem to be much at stake. A certain lack of focus is probably baked into any Hunter Thompson story, but in that case we need more than a tepidly reanimated Raoul Duke to hold our attention. Rated: C Aug 4, 2021 Full Review Michael Talbot-Haynes Film Threat Saddle up for anarchy and get set for a ride, as this delivers another great Hunter S. Thompson movie to keep the weird fire alight. Rated: 9/10 Jul 26, 2021 Full Review Jeffrey M. Anderson Common Sense Media Though it lacks the production value of other movies about Thompson, this loose, zany tale of sound and fury signifying nothing has just enough sheer, scruffy invention to please true Gonzo fans. Rated: 3/5 Jul 24, 2021 Full Review Peter Sobczynski You don't have to be a fan of Thompson and his work to find Fear and Loathing in Aspen a cheap, crude and woefully inadequate work that squanders a fascinating subject. Jul 23, 2021 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Mums T This film does a great job of capturing the essence of gonzo journalism and Hunter S. Thompson's legacy in the state of Colorado. He may not have won the election for Sheriff in these parts, but he won the heart of America in the long-run, and that's what counts. F*** the haters! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 11/15/23 Full Review Jeff N Great subject matter, writing, direction, acting, and cinematography. Seriously, one of the best Hunter S. Thompson based films ever made. If you like the man, or just want a good film based on historical events and about democracy in America then I would recommend this. It's a lot of fun and in today's political climate it's very relevant. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review anthony b A surprisingly impressive, albeit slight effort that somewhat showcases the monumental performance by Jay Bulger, the first actor to successfully humanize Hunter S. Thompson. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Pretty average. It reminded quite a bit of A Stupid and Futile Gesture (even though this wasn't a comedy). Bulger was a fine Hunter S. Thompson but it's a tough role to fill after Johnny Depp (though I'll take this performance over The Rum Diary). Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member Some have pointed out that this film lacks the big-budget Hollywood theatrics of Terry Gilliam's over-the-top (but wonderfully zany) interpretation of "Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas", and I agree. Whether by design or default, this more stripped down and focused approach is part of what gives "Aspen" its charm. It feels like a genuine and intimate throwback, an appropriately Gonzo-style, and very human characterization of Hunter (the man, before the legend) during a pivotal and uncertain period, both personally and politically. This seemingly-forgotten microcosmic series of events, in all its glorious peculiarity, produces broader socio-political themes that highlight the fragility of the American Dream. The message resonates more strongly than ever in today's political climate, and serves as a somber reminder of what's at stake. Far from a caricature, the film features nuanced writing, solid directing, and fine acting, especially from Bulger, who nails not only the "classic" Hunter mannerisms and delivery, but also conveys more depth and introspection than has typically been depicted on screen. The film definitely produces laughs, but ultimately, this is not the drug-fueled absurdist comedy one might expect...thankfully! The choice to shoot much of it on real film completes the time capsule aesthetic, and the cinematography often captures stunning images of the land and resources that made America (and the West in particular) so classically and inextricably tied to a profound sense of wonder and "freedom". All in all, it is a short, easy watch, and entirely worth it. NOTE: This film has also been compared to the 2020 documentary "Freak Power: The Ballot or the Bomb," inspired by the same subject matter. While I encourage viewers to see that film as well, it should be noted that "Fear and Loathing In Aspen" was actually conceived, filmed, and scheduled to be released first, but its original premiere at SXSW in early 2020 was pushed back due to COVID. The unaffiliated documentary was released in the meantime. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Absolutely loved it! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Fed-up with local pollution problems, journalist and activist Hunter S. Thompson challenges the establishment by running for sheriff of Aspen, Colo., in 1970.
      Bobby Kennedy III
      Emily Garnet, Colin Floom, Maxwell Loeb, Paul Morgan, Stephen Nemeth
      Bobby Kennedy III
      Shout! Studios
      Production Co
      Rhino Films
      Original Language
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jul 23, 2021, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Aug 31, 2021
      1h 25m
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