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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.
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 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…
I KNOW I'm giving way too many stars for this, but I don't care; The Doors were one of my very first favourite groups. I fondly recall, when I was 11, and Elektra Records released 'The Doors' Greatest Hits', and the album-length version of 'Light My Fire' was played all the time on the radio, and I was mesmerized by the instrumental middle of the song, got the album from my parents for Christmas, and started a lifelong love affair with the band. Yes, Jim Morrison is highly overrated. Yes, the movie is an extremely self-indulgent mess and it can be quite incoherent and incohesive. But the Sixties, the L.A. rock scene back then, and especially Morrison's life, were just…
I've seen this movie twice now and... I just don't know why it doesn't work for me as a movie. The Doors are one of my favourite bands. Jim Morrison is a rock god with an intellect that got lost somewhere in the haze of countercultural liberation. I just don't know why this movie doesn't work. It's a fine movie, but it should be five stars excellent. This should've been the movie that made Val Kilmer an acting force to be reckoned with. What happened?
I confess, I've never been an Oliver Stone fan. I find his work is too complacent and never outside of a comfortable procedural dynamic and this one isn't much different... but this is The Doors!!…
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…
Only reason this gets a 1.5 and not a 0 is because I didn't make it through the whole movie. Is it normal to become physically ill after watching a film? That was so bad hahahaha. The teenage, angsty poetry was really hard to sit through. I don't really listen to the doors but if it's anything like Morrison's poetry I think I'd hate it.
"I feel closer to death than life"
Yeah ok bud.
Like an acid trip without taking acid
Maybe the most full of shit movie ever made. If the rating seems high it's because I'm just kind of impressed.
Val Kilmer made did an amazing job playing Jim Morrison! My second favorite film based off classic rock... Right behind Pink Floyd's The Wall, right ahead of Heavy Metal
Every time I watch an Oliver Stone movie I think, "Maybe this one will be a decent movie" and every time I'm disappointed/mad at myself for having expectations. The only reason why this film got any stars for me is because Val Kilmer was great in his performance of Morrison, I love the Doors' music (though not when performances of it take up like 40% of a film and break the narrative flow to an exhausting degree), and Kyle MacLachlan in the early 90s makes me get excited about Twin Peaks.
This film is so unbelievably male gaze-y that it's distracting, it appropriates Native American religion/culture/clothing/etc., and has such long sequences of wow!drugs!music! interludes and domestic abuse that I almost…
val kilmer was really really good as jim but i didnt like how the movie only portrayed him as a crazy drunk who didnt care about anyone or anything. they didnt show his intelligence or his sense of humor and i feel like it only showed one side of him so im a little disappointed. even reading other reviews to this movie ppl are like "oh jim was such a jerk". like the movie was taken so literally and i hate that because thats not all jim morrison was and i think this movie is partly to blame for the way he is remembered today.
Director Oliver Stone takes the audience through the psychedelic rock scene of the late 1960s. Val Kilmer delivers a phenomenal performance as the frontman for The Doors, Jim Morrison. Kilmer got so into character that the real members of The Doors swore it was actually Jim Morrison in the flesh. At times the script felt a bit clunky and the runtime of the film could have definitely been trimmed down. With these problems in mind, The Doors still makes for a highly enjoyable watch.
whatever happened to Val Kilmer because he killed it in this performance.
Here is where Stone's signature film making style is honed.
Un film senza infamia e senza lode. Il problema a mio avviso è che la figura di Morrison meritava una direzione più visionaria: Stone era nel periodo d’oro ma il suo cinema manicheo, profondamente classico mal si adatta alla materia. È un film terreno che non riesce a elevarsi neanche in scene come quella del deserto, in verità un po’ ingenua. Se vuoi rappresentare Morrison lo devi seguire mentre vola in alto sperimentando nuovi metodi piuttosto che pretendere di acchiapparlo e crocifiggerlo in terra per mostrarlo agli spettatori. Altrimenti si rischia la macchietta tra le macchiette (Warrol, Nico e gli altri membri del gruppo, per non parlare dello sprecatissimo Madsen che interpreta Tom Baker). Preso come un classico biopic hollywoodiano può comunque andar bene, ma caspita qui parliamo dei Doors, una roba concettualmente lontanissima da un’operazione di questo tipo. Però Val Kilmer in quel ruolo fa simpatia.
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