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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.
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…
How a Bloated, Drunk, Greasy Lunatic Captured the Body of Val Kilmer and Has Remained Within Him Until This Very Day
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…
No, it's not very accurate. Naysayers such as The Doors' Ray Manzarek are justified in calling out Stone for deviating from history. However, this is not a documentary, it's a dramatization. I don't mind that Stone changes things and sometimes completely makes shit up. Stone completely nails the look, feel, and spirit of the band and of the late 1960s (as far as I can tell, not having been alive). I love this movie and I feel it does the band justice and perfectly captures the mystique (if not the real person, but let's face it; the mystique is more interesting) of Jim Morrison.
The Doors, like its subject matter, is often obnoxious to the point of turning you off just as it reveals glimpses of a deeper truth before merrily returning to its pretentious roots.
Thank you Oliver Stone.
I hate the doors, but this movie is alright.
Típica peli que ha quedado en territorio de nadie, ni suficientemente comercial ni suficientemente de autor, y así está el tema, que ayer en el Phenomena éramos 15 personas y gracias. Y es una lástima, porque es una tripada de narices, porque Val Kilmer está espectacular (ya se que parece imposible, pero así es) y porque la temática es atractiva de por si, The Doors es historia de la música y finales de los 60 un período básico para entender la evolución cultural del siglo XX.
Oliver Stone le mete el ritmo alucinado y acelerado tan típico suyo, y homenajea las drogas psicodélicas tal como homenajeó la coca en Scarface, y que queréis que os diga, a mi es una temática que me flipa. 4 estrellotes y a dormir.
Not a bad film, but way to earnest for the material. I think if a more cynical approach had been taken it would be easier to swallow. But some of the things Jim Morrison says and does are fairly disgusting and this movie only wants to view him as a mystical artist. Val Kilmer is perfectly cast; it is really uncanny how much they look and sound alike.
I cannot believe that they brought Jim Morrison back to life just for this movie and credited Val Kilmer that's bullshit
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!