Owen Gleiberman
July 04, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
Limited Release Date
07/04/08
performer
Hunter S. Thompson
director
Alex Gibney
genre
Documentary

We gave it an A-

Gonzo, the documentary by Alex Gibney, taps the full fascination of its subject: Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, the rock & roll Norman Mailer who styled himself as the last honest man in the American asylum, only to be destroyed by his legend. Gibney devotes exhaustive sections to Thompson’s journalistic landmarks (Hell’s Angels, etc.), as well as to his 1969 candidacy for mayor of Aspen — the moment his robo-voiced ”Gonzo” persona inflated into a comic-book alter ego. The movie also captures Thompson’s tragedy: the haze of drugs and bad writing that consumed him for no less than his last 30 years. A-

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