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4.0 out of 5 stars A solidly entertaining movie borderline manic, December 22, 2011
This review is from: The Rum Diary [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Johnny Depp plays reporter Paul Kemp in Hunter S. Thompson's the Rum Diary. The movie borderlines on insanity as Kemp becomes drunk and drunker in a 1960s Puerto Rico. While not as manic as the other Hunter S Thompson films the Rum Diary has it's own narrative rhythm. Paul meets his eccentric coworkers, gets drunk, has crazy adventures, gets drunker etc. Johnny Depp's acting is good, one gets to see an interesting portrait of a writer trying to find his voice while he is trying to get plastered. There are undercurrents of Hunter S. Thompson present in Depp's portrayal of Kemp which starts bubbling to the surface near the end. there are funny antics going throughout the movie just not nearly as sporadic as the other two. all in all the movie is good and if you are a Johnny Depp fan Or a Hunter S. Thompson fan check this movie out and see if it can entertain you.
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Initial post: Jan 7, 2012 10:30:58 PM PST
So, would you say that this is a movie for an extreme Johnny Depp fan and/or for one who has seen everything that Depp has acted in, from Tim Burton to Disney works? I'm really curious about this one, as everyone is comparing it to "Fear and Loathing...", I think that they are way off the mark, what would you think of this in comparison? Or is there any? Thank You, Sheryl

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 29, 2012 3:55:08 PM PST
As a Johnny Depp fan it is definitely a film worth watching. It is not fair to compare this movie to the craziness that is Fear and loathing; this is a completely different movie from that one. The one thing I can say is that there are moments in this movie that really had me laughing and reminded me of the fact this is a Hunter S. Thompson film.

Posted on Jan 29, 2012 4:51:53 PM PST
monsterofthemist-Thank you so much for clearing this up for me, I will watch this one then. Actually I would have anyway, in time, although now knowing that it isn't like the "Fear and Loathing..." movie, I will much sooner. Again thanks for your time! Sheryl

Posted on Feb 15, 2012 12:31:19 AM PST
Georgedc says:
how does this compare to fear and loathing?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 2, 2012 8:26:30 PM PST
Fear and loathing is better. However my favorite performance of Hunter S. Thompson is by Bill Murray in "Where the Buffalo Roam" watch the bathroom sequence when he talks about the doomed.
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