The Rum Diary (Bruce Robinson, 2011). Hunter S Thompson’s
invention of Hunter S Thompson, years after the event, is rendered as Withnail
antics in Puerto Rico with occasional outbursts of oracular Gonzo speech (at the sight
of Nixon, on television, 1960) not quite spoken by Johnny Depp in the voice he
mastered for Terry Gilliam. A vague sense of journalism’s failure is the
final moral of his life.