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The story of the famous and influential 1960's rock band and its lead singer and composer, Jim Morrison.
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 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…
A standard biopic enlivened by its music and leading performance, Olive Stone's "The Doors" entertains but adds little to the myth of the 1960s rock band and its Dionysian leading man. Following the band as its rises from club-playing outfit to something much bigger, the film travels on requisite plot beats as its spends most of its time focusing on Jim Morrison. Morrison, indeed, makes for an interesting character, but the film misses opportunities get under his skin or to explore more of the characters surrounding him.
Beginning with a childhood moment before leaping into the decade that would create the titular rock band, "The Doors" traces Jim Morrison's journey from fledgling artist to full-fledged rock god. The story follows…
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…
Frustratingly too long however Kilmer knocks it out the park.
Its an experience of intoxicating music, hypnotic visuals and a mesmerizing performance from Val Kilmer as The Doors frontman Jim Morrison. As a film it’s occasionally historically flawed at least from the word of surviving band members, it’s overlong at least as far as there seems to be a lot of filler, and its difficult not to see the lyrics as anything more than pretentious drug induced ramblings put into a loose rhyming structure. Its messy, complicated and dizzying, like rock and roll, like their music and like the mythic, troubled man at the center of the story.
Oliver Stone's trippy biopic of self-important, self-destructive Doors frontman Jim Morrison (Val Kilmer), who drops acid, drinks constantly, sleeps with models and witches, hallucinates Navajo medicine men during concerts, and croons far-out poetry in a heavenly bluesy baritone. Trashy, bloated, and excessive, in a good way; Stone was the perfect director for this material, as few others could understand narcissism like Morrison's from the inside, and project it into such a beautifully chaotic mess. Kilmer is brilliant.
Guilty pleasure. Love the Doors and love this movie. Val Kilmer is great and Meg Ryan has a soft spot in my heart. I know this movie gets trashed on a lot, but I'm sticking to my guns here.
For a musical biopic -- one of the most stubborn genres when it comes to conforming to moulds -- it at least has an interesting approach. Its subject is someone who embarks on a neverending drug trip, so it's shot like a neverending drug trip. So kudos to technique and it's Oliver Stone montage/collage qualities, but I'm just not sure it amounts to much. This Jim Morrison dude effortlessly made great music, which earned him a ridiculous amount of fame, which just further fueled his drug-addled state. Not much insight, so please enjoy the drugged out ride? On its plus side is Val Kilmer's performance; on the minus side are some of the other casting choices, particularly Meg Ryan, who…
Unlike the standard musical biopic, this movie makes no effort to portray Jim Morrison as a redeemable character. When your protagonist is a selfish asshole who likes drugs, your film is at a disadvantage. When you spend considerable amounts of time recreating one acid trip after another, your movie becomes tedious.
Val Kilmer is believable as the mercurial front man of The Doors, but he's totally unlikable.
Meg Ryan is miscast as Morrison's girlfriend, Pamela Courson. When I think of her, the last thing I think of is drug addled slut, but apparently the producers of this film thought she was a perfect fit . Maybe Ryan was desperate to do something other than the light-hearted romantic comedies which had…
A tad bit overlong and a sort of one-sided look at the man Jim was, yet this is still remains to be extremely enthralling. This features some of my favorite choices in terms of directing from Stone; he takes far more chances than his usual. The real treat though is obviously Val. He sinks his teeth into this role and doesn't let go. On a side note, Glover was atrocious as Warhol. How can you fuck up a cameo so badly?
The story of the seminal rock band "The Doors" told by Oliver Stone. Too long and boring, despite Val Kilmer's impressive impersonation of Jim Morrison.
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