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I am not much of a movie review geek, in that, rarely do the words of a contemporary critic keep my attention long enough to drive an impulse to read the entire article. After reading Mr. Huinker’s thoughts about The Rum Diary [“Hunter S. Thompson: Year One,” Nov. 3, 2011] a mental spasm occurred inside my brain and I cannot shake the urge to write against such garbage. His comments included misogyny, racism, and missing the point of the Doctor’s spirit. While reading this drivel I felt as though I was back in community college hearing a typical lecture from a literary criticism textbook. Really... if someone is going to attempt to place Hunter S. Thompson into the ordinary epistomes [sic] of our dull system of critical thinking in the wasteland of the liberal American education, at least do it with some spice. I am sorry that Mr. Huinker was expecting the sequel to the charm of Mr. Depp’s first portrayal of the Doctor but The Rum Diary is a different narrative and deserves separation from past films. Paul Kemp, like that of the Duke, are semi-autobiographical characters for the late Doctor, but keep in mind these are works of fiction. As far as both films, there are two identical scenes in each movie. When Sala and Kemp, by way of accident, visit the local restaurant and Sala demands a steak Mr. Depp does a good job showing sympathy for the mistreatment of the servers at the establishment. This is just like the scene in Fear and Loathing when the lawyer tries cheap tricks on the diner waitress in North Las Vegas and the Duke puts money on the counter and stares with soft eyes at the accosted woman.
All and all, I am sickened by the attention the Doctor has received in recent years only because some lame actor makes him popular in a pathetic span of two hours. My advice is read Thompson’s catalogue of work (I would suggest some heavy drinking and maybe stronger “additives” if your brain can take the heat) and then start reviewing the man’s spirit.
One extra line here, if you will allow, my dear Editor. Mr. Bill Murray played a more vivid Thompson than Depp will ever achieve. All hail Bill Murray!!