Where the Buffalo Roam is based on the self-described antics of flip journalist Hunter S. Thompson, who cooperated as ‘executive consultant’. Pic features a number of amusing set-pieces of irreverent lunacy, but lack of serious substance renders film too frivolous and detached from reality.
Film establishes its tone in the opening scene, as writer tries to finish a piece while downing full glasses of Wild Turkey.
Only things fortifying Thompson here are drink, drugs and the search for the insane in American culture.
Sole exceptional element is Bill Murray’s clearly studied but provocatively off-beat performance as Thompson, which rings absolutely true.