Its been three years since I last compiled a list of my favorite films. I stress these are not the…
The Ultimate Story of Sex, Drugs & Rock 'N' Roll
The story of the famous and influential 1960's rock band and its lead singer and composer, Jim Morrison.
Oliver Stone is still up among my favorite directors. He had a purple patch from the mid-eighties to the mid-nineties when he gave us some terrific films that garnered both critical and commercial success that unfortunately he hasn't seen much of lately. This biopic of The Doors, or more accurately that of its mercurial front-man Jim Morrison divided the critics once again, but for me remains one of his finest celluloid treats.
Platoon, Wall Street, Born On The Fourth Of July, The Doors, JFK. That's a career right there. 31 Oscar Nominations for his own films to go with his screenwriting credits on the likes of Midnight Express and Scarface say it all. This film however was somehow a box…
This may actually be a perfect cinematic representation of the music of The Doors: overlong, repetitious, and centered around and unlikable asshole spouting junior high level poetry.
Oliver Stone's trippy look at the life and times of one of the world's most legendary bands was almost ignored at the cinema back in 1991. Maybe it came out at the wrong time or was just too light-weight for some audiences,who knows. It is however a stunning piece of film-making. I know I'm biased as I'm a huge Doors fan and with Val Kilmer's performance as the "Lizard King" strikingly authentic,I thought this was a worthy biopic of a complex character.
The film may well be called "The Doors",and although the other members brought their own spice to the mix of the band,Jim Morrison was The Doors. His unique blend of bohemian artistry and poetic license brought the counter-culture…
"I am the Lizard King. I can do anything."- Jim Morrison
I was first introduced to The Doors (the band) a few years ago. It wasn't until a few months ago that I really started to listen to them though. Since that time I've been a bit obsessed with them and they're pretty much all I've been listening to. As I'm writing this I'm wearing my Doors shirt and listening to them. I don't really have a favorite band, but currently it's The Doors. I love more than just their music though, I also love reading their history. So naturally I wanted to watch Oliver Stone's biopic about the band.
While the film isn't entirely accurate in its portrayal of…
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After we have been lectured (in a good way) on the back-story of the formation of the band and Morrison's starry-eyed obsession with death, by Oliver Stone himself we are suddenly shown a bare chested, arms wide open - as if in martyrdom - Val Kilmer, with hair like that of a lion's thick mane, which represents power, sexuality, the raw instinct to win a fight at all costs.
At the initial viewing some two decades ago, 'The Young Lion' photo session sequence was unnerving because of the twinlike resemblance between the thirty one year old Kilmer and the…
How a Bloated, Drunk, Greasy Lunatic Captured the Body of Val Kilmer and Has Remained Within Him Until This Very Day
As with most of his biopics, Oliver Stone misses out on documenting the facts in favor of exaggerating characters and everything we knew about the 60's and 70's in one 2 1/2 hour cinematic ego trip. However, that doesn't take away from the mind-blowing experience it was to watch this great movie. Val Kilmer is electrifying as Jim Morrison and Meg Ryan is incredible as Pam Courson. The outstanding performances and amazing attention to visual detail makes me forgive all the flaws that "The Doors" has. I really loved this movie.
Not the worst movie ever. However, it does feature the worst music ever. So points taken away.
"Let my love open the door, let my love open the door, let my love open the door to your heart!" Ha-ha, I just quoted Pete Townshend because I'm much more of a fan of The Who (Call me Un-American if you want, but the Brits do tend to make better music), but make no mistake, this band was much trippier and edgier, as well it would have to have been to get a movie by Oliver Stone. Yeah, just looking at how this is an Oliver Stone film about The Doors makes me a little bit high, because the Oliver Stone(d) that was released later in 1991 was trippy enough as an epic about an investigation of the John…
I've never been much of an Oliver Stone fan; I've always fouund him to be self indulgent and more than a little confused where narrative is concerned.
And while all those flaws are present in The Doors, the strong performance by Val Kilmer as Morrison shines a beacon of light through Stone's murky vision, painting a vivid picture of egotistical fragility that seems natural and in the moment.
Add to this some great supporting roles and a soundtrack that drives the movie along, this is a mature rock biopic that stands the test of time.
Watching this film again and you're reminded there was once upon a time where a film that is pure batshit craziness from one scene to the next could be funded by a movie studio. "The Doors" completely refuses to adhere to the biopic screenplay structure, which, in more conventional hands, would have yielded yet another one of those "They did this and then they did that" movies. Oliver Stone wants to give you the Jim Morrison Experience and feel what it was like to become a rock star in the late 60's. And it is the rare biopic to take the form of the man himself by alternately being self-indulgent, pretentious, profound, self-important and always in a drunken/drug-filled haze.
It's pretty much a mess. Val Kilmer is pretty good but Jim Morrison, or at least the character Jim Morrison in this film, is annoying as fuck. He's not magnetic, he's not funny, he's not mysterious and interesting.
The way this film mimics Morrison's life is spectacular-some of Oliver Stone's best. Going from a calm, tranquil, peaceful beginning before descending into utter chaos...its as if the film was edited by Morrison himself. Fantastic.
The title could really be "Morrison," since he is the focus of the film, though the Doors would have never become famous without him. This is one of my top favorite biographical films about a singer/band/musician. Meg Ryan was kind of annoying to me in this film. This is one of Val Kilmer's best roles! He became Morrison!
Extremely psychedelic and mind numbing, The Doors is a drug infested romp that needs to be seen to be believed.
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