Ok, so when The Rum Diary had its first bit of buzz, I thought GREAT SCOT, could we be so lucky to have a Johnny Depp and Hunter S. Thompson project (1998’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) on our hands once again? It’s true, and the proof is here. And it looks like a wild ride. Our first greeting is the groan of a nasty hangover, followed by the ominous dull clink of empty mini liquor bottles (“How does anyone drink 161 miniatures?” “Are those not complimentary?”) and a close-up of Depp with a blood vessel burst in one eye (?) and a terrfiying mouth rash. Yikes. The film, based on the novel of the same name, set in the late 1950s, follows journalist Paul Kemp (Depp) as he travels to Puerto Rico to join the ranks at the San Juan Star, and things get a little nutty. From there, we’re off on an adventure of sex, drugs, and scandal. Of course, this being a Hunter S. Thompson tale, hallucinations and farcical scenarios are a part of the fanfare: watching tv in another person’s house from Kemp’s buddies’ place with binoculars, participating in frog vomiting voodoo, double-driver spin around the block (“Try and look normal”)…Fans of Fear and Loathing and Withnail and I will be pleased to find the tone is similar in it’s darkly humorous eccentricities, and a carousel of kooky characters. And whatta cast! Alongside Depp, you’ll be treated to Aaron Eckhart, foxy girl of the moment Amber Heard, Richard Jenkins and Giovanni Ribisi. It’s no secret around the BULLETT office that I have the hots for Giovanni Ribisi– he’s my main man and I’ll watch pretty much whatever he graces his presence with. And the cherry on top of this scrumptious sundae? Bruce Robinson, of cult hit Withnail and I, directed and wrote the screenplay. ALL OF THIS GOOD STUFF IN ONE PACKAGE. It looks good– it just better be good– or many vulnerable hearts will crumble. Sheesh.