The recent death of Hunter S. Thompson has probably prompted many people to watch the films connected with the good doctor that founded and practiced Gonzo journalism. I went looking for Where the Buffalo Roam and Fear and Loathing in Los Vegas, but they were all out, but they did have the documentary Breakfast With Hunter, directed by Wayne Ewing, so I rented that. At another video store I was able to get Where the Buffalo Roam, which I watched before the 2003 documentary about Hunter S. Thompson, so I was able to see Bill Murray’s interpretation and then the man himself in a documentary that I didn’t know much about. I was pleasantly surprised and saw a side of Thompson that I heard about, but hadn’t seen. The documentary follows Thompson through a drunk driving charge and the days before and during the shooting of the adaptation of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. The most fascinating scene was a visit by writer Tod Davies and Alex Cox who was slated to direct Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas where you see why he didn’t end up directing the film.
Overall Breakfast With Hunter is an entertaining documentary that gives you a glimpse at a rare writer who had fun while telling his stories.
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