Journalists don’t typically achieve rock star status, but then again, Hunter S. Thompson was not your typical journalist. A boozing, drug-addled gun nut blessed with a wit that could slice glass, the not-so-good “doctor” practically invented gonzo journalism with subversive classics such as “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” and “Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail ’72.”
Incorporating home movies, rare television footage and some innovative reenactments, the film hits the touchstones of Thompson’s manic career. Gibney also benefits from interviews with his subject’s loved ones, colleagues and admirers, an impressive lineup that includes Tom Wolfe, Jimmy Carter, Gary Hart, Jimmy Buffett, Pat Buchanan and Thompson’s first wife, Sondi Wright.
Thompson’s singular outrageousness is tough to capture, but Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney does as well as can be expected in “Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson,” playing Thursday through Saturday at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. R