For No Good Reason


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Laurence Olivier as Himself
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Reviewed by LeonLouisRicci 10 / 10

Ralph Steadman the ArtistÂ…Gonzo Journalism's Paint and Brush Man

Documentaries About Artist are Not that Common, and They Should be. Most Artist Linger in Semi-Obscurity Even if They have Attained a Modicum of Money, Fame, or Admiration and Recognition. A Good Bit of the Time there are Splashes in the Public Eye, but Unless the Work is in a Sort of Popular Culture Saturation, it is Unlikely that Any Given Artist, Outside the Bubble of a Particular Field, Comic Books, for Example, a Particular Artist Remains Relatively Unknown.

Documentaries Can Flesh Out the Person Behind the Art, at Least a Little Bit, and Can Shed Some Insight and Light While Giving a Platform for the Art to be Exposed in Heaps for Ninety Minutes or So. Aside, from a Coffee Table Book that Includes Pages and Pages of Artwork, a Docu-Film will Most Likely be Seen by More People than Buy the Book.

So Here is Ralph Steadman. Who, You Say? Exactly. Unless You were a Reader of Rolling Stone Magazine in the Seventies, or a Fan of Gonzo Journalist Hunter S. Thompson, Steadman has Remained in the Aforementioned Obscurity. Pink Floyd's Movie The Wall (1982) Featured His Artwork on the Poster and in the Film, via Animation. But that's About the Extent of His Explosion of Exposure.

Not that it is Insignificant, Much to the Contrary, He and the Good Doctor, Thompson, Defined Gonzo Journalism, and Tried to "Change the world!", a Phrase that Steadman Utters at Least Three Times in the Documentary and in the End, at Age 76, Seems Disappointed that Most of What He Tried to Change, Remains Unchanged.

The Fancy Film from Director Charlie Paul is Filled with Enough Interesting Anecdotes and Surprisingly Rare and Old Archival Footage, a lot with Hunter. It Also Includes Interviews with Other Folks who have Worked with Steadman and it is All Anchored with Johnny Depp, Long Time Friend and Fan. Terry Gilliams Movie, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) is Based on the Book by Thompson that Included Illustrations by Steadman and May be the Artist Link to Moderns with the Most Resonance.

Overall, a Must See Movie for Lovers of Art, the Sixties Counter Culture, Hunter S. Thompson, and to Get an Introduction to One of the Most Bizarre and Powerful Political Artists of Our Time. His Work and Some of His Unique Mystique and Technique, Much on Display Here, can be Admired and Studied.

Reviewed by leonblackwood 6 / 10

A different look into the art world! 6/10

Review: I really enjoyed this documentary about the extremely talented artist, Ralph Steadman, who has a very unique style of painting/drawing. A lot of people have seen his work on the Withnail & I and Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas covers, but he hasn't really became an household name. After seeing his amazing work in this documentary, which shows Ralph Steadman being interviewed by Johnny Depp who was the main character in Fear & Loathing, you can't help thinking that he is extremely under rated which is probably due to his personal political views. This movie gives an in depth look about the thought process behind his work and the strange but wonderful relationship between Steadman and Hunter S. Thompson. I think that the director done a great job with this documentary, and for someone that had never heard of Steadman before, I will definitely look out for his previous and present work. Enjoyable!

Round-Up: The way that the director was able to use Ralph Steadman's work to put it into mini cartoons, was brilliant and to see Steadman create a painting from just flicking the paintbrush onto a blank piece of paper, really does show how talented the man really is. The different techniques that he uses to come of with some amazing paintings, was an eye opener, but it's a shame that no one has really heard of him. In the art and movie world, he does seem to be well known and respected but I really didn't have a clue about his work before I saw this documentary. Anyway, it's worth watch if your interested in this type of thing, but I'm sure that some people would find it boring if they were looking for entertainment.

Budget: N/A Worldwide Gross: $67,500 (Deserved more!)

I recommend this movie to people who are into documentaries about art and who have seen some of Ralph Steadman's terrific work. 6/10

Reviewed by Bryan Kluger 5 / 10

No Good Reason' is a visually stunning documentary.

One of the most recognized artists of a generation whose artwork has sparked debate, protests, and change is still very alive and well. Coming across as the horror version of Michelangelo, Ralph Steadman is still producing great artwork and has allowed a husband-wife producer/director team to film a documentary on his life and art. Steadman is now 77 years old and lives with his family in a nice villa in the countryside of England where his fellow friend Johnny Depp came over and played the role of interviewer during this 80 minute well-edited documentary.

Steadman is perhaps best known for his work with his long time friend and collaborator - Hunter S. Thompson, where Steadman would illustrate his gonzo- journalistic articles with his big splashes of ink on every canvas. You would perhaps immediately recognize his work from 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas'. The documentary is called 'For No Good Reason' and is a quote from Thompson, as this story unfolds more like an examination on Steadman's art rather than his life.

We see Steadman paint as Depp asks him fanboy questions, other celebrities pop up including, Terry Gilliam and Richard E. Grant, and of course some archival footage and interviews with William S. Burroughs, Steadman, and Thompson. But what lacks in this documentary is a true look at the man Steadman himself, as nothing is covered of his political, social, or religious issues that his artwork has shown over the years. Even his depression is not covered and Depp doesn't dive deeper when Steadman gives him a hint of something of any real value. Steadman's family and friends who are over most of the time, are not interviewed or even rarely seen on screen here either.

It would have been nice to see some interviews from his close family. Instead, get a glimpse of his artwork - old and new. It was quite cool to see him start a piece from scratch and finish it, and to see just how free form it all is, as he paints in his garage. A good chunk of the film covers the relationship between Steadman and Thompson who famously had a rough and rowdy relationship, even up until Thompson's suicide in 2005. But their teaming up together over the years certainly made for some excellent work.

It was nice to see that Steadman allowed the filmmakers to keep in his and Thompson's last conversation in which Thompson berated Steadman for succeeding in his career. Not all of Steadman's work is covered here, for instance we don't get any info or visuals on his Sigmund Freud work, but get to see some of his vulgar Leonardo Da Vinci art. A lot of the film is over-layed with an indie rock soundtrack, which at times drowns out the dialogue from the interview subjects. It was a strange decision to use this technique, as if the director's didn't want us to hear what Steadman was saying.

There is some great animation of his artwork throughout and it is just fun to see Steadman still working. Depp being in the film will certainly turn on the main-stream crowd into seeing this, but I think the film could have been better without him it. This is certainly not the ultimate take on a brilliant and great artist by any means, but 'For No Good Reason' is a visually stunning documentary that is entertaining and fun to see the old interviews of Thompson and Steadman yelling at one another. And yes, Bill Murray does show up here.

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