We were somewhere around the 45 minute mark on the edge of our seats when the inspiration began to take hold. If there is one flaw with Charles Paul’s new documentary For No Good Reason, the new documentary chronicling the career of artist/illustrator Ralph Steadman, it’s that it is near impossible to sit still and watch this man create his art and talk about his art without wanting to get up and do it yourself. Rarely does a documentary succeed in capturing the energy and passion of its subject so effectively and transferring this activity to the audience, and For No Good Reason succeeds in spades. Focusing largely on Steadman’s relationship with iconic Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, the film is a captivating look at one of the quietest, angriest and undersung protesters from a generation of professional rabblerousers.
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