This may be one of the most important movies for those interested in the Gonzo Arts.  The obvious reason is simply that Ralph Steadman is the illustrator of book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and many other works of HST.  In a sense, the visual element of Gonzo is synonymous with Steadman.


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There are other reasons for the importance of this work as well.  Gonzo has a visual style that embodies an expression of distortion that reflects the type of distortions in the writings of HST.  And seeing how Steadman makes his art, listening to his process one comes closer to understanding the impetus of the distortions.

The Gonzo Arts are not sloppy as much as a kind of porous intentionally that allows the natural process of chaos and chance to reflect back on the intention.  Steadman’s process allows for chance to move paint as HST’s participation allowed chance to move his story.

Also the title, a quote from HST, betrays something of the Taoist element of the Gonzo Philosophy.  Taking the word “Good” in the sense of morality, soundness of argument, are rejected in light of “reason” as a cause of action or logical argument.  This leave room for things such as Fun, which can in its purist form needs no good reason as The Great Magnet needs no reason. ~ HM

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Johnny Depp pays a visit to Ralph Steadman, the renown artist and the last of the original Gonzo visionaries who worked alongside Hunter S. Thompson. Source: