Las Vegas is one of the biggest tourist attractions in America. Americans, as well as people from all over the world, flock to the, so-called Gambling Capital of the World every year. The city sees an annual number of tourists exceeding million.
Obviously, the main appeal of Las Vegas is, and always has been, the opulent, extravagant, spectacular casinos, built to resemble palaces, pyramids, ancient structures, etc. Las Vegas boasts some of the biggest, most popular, and most visited casinos in the entire world. These casinos have become a staple of media set in Las Vegas.
Thanks to the rise of gambling websites, an online casino like this one is now just as popular, if not more so, than land-based casinos. However, their opulence will never be forgotten, as they have been immortalized in some of Hollywood’s biggest films.
Rain Man is a timeless film, and one of the most referenced movies of all time. It tells the story of a young, autistic man, who has a propensity for mathematics. His brother, a screw-up, car dealer, named Charlie notices the young Raymond’s talent, and drives him down to Las Vegas, hoping to use his skills in order to cheat the casinos, and win big.
The film stars Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman, two of Hollywood’s biggest and best actors, and tells a fantastic story about the way many people treat neuro-divergent people, but also about brotherhood and family.
Shifting gears for the second entry, the Hangover is one of the biggest comedies of the 2010s. Directed by Todd Phillips, and featuring an ensemble cast, Hangover is the story of a bachelor party gone wrong. After a night of drinking and gambling, the bachelor party’s attendants lose their memory, as well as the groom. The film follows the groom’s friends combating their hangover, trying to put together what happened, and desperately struggling to find the groom in time for his wedding.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Based on the autobiographical novel of the same name, by one of the most popular journalists of all time, Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a psychedelic trip (in more ways than one) through Las Vegas. The main characters, Raoul Duke, and his attorney Gonzo take every drug imaginable as they raise hell and terrorize the city and each other.
Starring Hunter S. Thompsons life-long friend, Johnny Depp (as Raoul Duke) and the award-winning actor, Benicio del Toro (as Dr. Gonzo), the film is more of an experience than a story, but it is an experienced that must be seen by any film fan.
Casino is one of Martin Scorsese’s best films. It tells the story of a casino owner with ties to the mafia, masterfully portrayed by one of Hollywood’s greatest character actors, Robert De Niro. It is a classic tale of the rise and fall of a deeply flawed man, with romance and tragedy peppered throughout the film.