As Your Attorney I Advise You To See "Gonzo: The Life And Work Of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson"

by KATHERINE BYRNES · July 1, 2008

Hunter S. ThompsonThis Friday, July 4th, the documentary, Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, opens in theaters. The documentary is a portrait Hunter S. Thompson's life and legacy. Thompson, a.k.a Raoul Duke, was a Wild Turkey-guzzling, crazy man who created Gonzo journalism and forever changed the how the press wrote. (For those of you who don't know who Hunter S. Thompson is, he's the guy who wrote Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas)

To me, it only seems right for this documentary to be released on Independence Day, because if there was anyone in the history of Journalism to be independent, it was him. He also serves as an inspiration to many writers, but at the same time he provides us with a lesson. The lesson is, eventually, fame and notoriety will find a way to kick you in the ass.

The documentary shows us rare home movies, tape recordings and unpublished manuscripts. For those of you that are fans of this famed writer, this movie is a definite must-see. For those of you that aren't, this is still a must-see just so you can see the craziness that was Hunter S. Thompson. So, before the movie, go grab yourself some Flying Dog Ale and a bottle of bourbon and make a toast, or two, or three...