Like most Midwestern college students, I wasn't encouraged to read Hunter S. Thompson in high school (something about making drugs look too fun.) So I discovered him through the guys who already had several of Thompson's books, as well as "Gonzo fist" tattoos and their own cigarette holders.
The Rum Diary is veteran English writer-director Bruce Robinson's wild and wonderful first new feature in twenty years (!), as well as his explosive adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's very early, long-unpublished novel.
Dreamworks seems to have paid a price for their risky release date, as Puss in Boots debuted with a comparatively soft $34 million over the weekend. We'll find out for sure on Monday if it broke the Halloween opening weekend record.
For me, the best part of this meandering cartoon movie is a sight gag with Depp's Paul Kemp riding atop his sidekick photographer Bob Sala (Michael Rispoli) in an open vehicle, up and down, up and down over cracked cobblestones on bumpy streets.