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About the Movie
Experience 15 years in the life of seminal British artist Ralph Steadman, whose surreal, often confrontational artwork is frequently associated with Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas). Through Johnny Depp’s lead in this intimate portrait, we are able to reach the heart of what make this artist tick, his friendships and fallings out, his love for art and his passion for civil liberties. This inventive, energetic, occasionally harrowing, but inspiring and uplifting film includes contributions from Terry Gilliam, Richard E. Grant, Tim Robbins and others who offer insight into the man behind the legend.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 59
- Fresh: 37
- Rotten: 22
- Average Rating: 6.2/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: There's no more exciting effect in the documentary than the look of pure pleasure on Depp's face as he stands by Steadman's drawing table, peeking over his shoulder as he attacks a sheet of paper.
Fresh: The most rewarding parts of the film feature Steadman simply talking about his influences (Picasso, among others) and his youthful goal of changing the world through art.
Fresh: Lovingly detailed with animated and archival imagery.
Rotten: For No Good Reason sidelines Steadman's own bona fides, functioning primarily as a second-hand documentary of Thompson, stoking the hagiography of the late hipster icon.
A Worth While Documentary
If you are a fan of Gonzo this is a great look at the relationship between Steadman and Thompson. It seems to be mainly centered around the relationship between artist and author. Also, it provides some insight to the methods and creation of Steadman’s work. Although one piece of the film seems mismatched… The selection of music is almost obtrusive and does not mix well with the film or the theme of Gonzo. Other than the choice of music, I thought it was a great documentary and definitely worth a watch!