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 it's 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…
"Come on, let's get some tacos."
this is some seriously corny stuff, every earnestly ostentatious second of it. insists on Morrison as some transcendent being ultimately failed by history while Kilmer -- totally transformed, maybe or maybe not in on some private joke, incredible either way -- plays him as an insufferable shitbag. mostly i adore this as a Stone shotgun blast and for constant goofy kicks like Morrison popping amyls and getting blown by Nico or, hey, there's Michael Madsen as Tom Baker. what a gloriously stupid movie.
Ridiculous, but no more so than the rest of Oliver Stone's films. The only other person who ever took The Doors this seriously is Ray Manzarek, but he at least has an excuse - Stone is helplessly enthralled by the Morrison mythology, to the extent that he's incapable of delineating any actual truths about the man. But Kilmer's performance is riveting enough to sustain this thing for almost two-and-a-half hours, and the most absurd sequences are also, fortunately, the most viscerally thrilling. Much like the band itself, what you get out will correspond precisely with what you're willing to put in - my advice is to invest a little more than you think you should. You might be pleasantly surprised with the return.
How a Bloated, Drunk, Greasy Lunatic Captured the Body of Val Kilmer and Has Remained Within Him Until This Very Day
There's a certain integrity to making a Doors movie that has to be seen under the influence to be compelling at all. But druggy rhythms and a captivating impression by Kilmer (Morrison comes across as too one-dimensional to even feel like a character) can't save this movie from the oblivion of tedium.
The one point of interest is that it is SO tedious, SO full of bullshit (INCLUDING MOTHERFUCKING GROSS MYSTIC INDIAN SHIT DEAR OLIVER STONE YOUR LOVE OF MYSTIC INDIAN SHIT IS MOTHERFUCKING GROSS) that you almost get the impression that Stone hates the Doors as much as anything. If I was trying to make a movie about the Doors that depicts Jim Morrison as a stupid, buffoonish, pretentious…
I`m always amazed by Val Kilmer`s performance, is really a Jim Morrison carbon copy!
Definitely a "must", especially if you are a big fan of music!
What a mess.
For a band that I had never before heard of, they are pretty fucking amazing. Heard their songs before but just never heard of the artists behind the music. Actually really surprised me, did not expect to think so highly of this. A future batman pulling of a great performance of Jim Morisson. As Jim died over 20 years before I was even born I have no idea of how factual or fictional this was. Thoroughly enjoyed it none the less, made for great entertainment.
Val Kilmer is one of my favorite actors and he becomes Jim Morrison in this movie about the doors. The movie shows Jim's personality while showing how disturbed he was from his childhood when he saw a Native American car crash. The end song scene is so trippy I love it. You feel bad for Pam and her ordeal with almosed being burned in her closet and having to be with Jim. It shows how the rest of the band is very talented and underrated and almosed envied Jim. This is one of my all time favorite movies and I love the doors.
Val Kilmer IS Jim Morrison.
Good god I love The Doors.
I may be bias, as I am a huge fan of The Doors.
But I'm also a fan of this Oliver Stone film. It's brilliantly directed, superbly acted (especially on a physical level by Val Kilmer) & it is historically acurate.
My only critisism is Val Kilmer's fake Jim Morrison beard at the end of the film. Not his fault I know, but there it is!
There's not a whole lot going on here, but Kilmer is top-notch and the tunes are good and it doesn't feel like it's nearly 2 and a half hours long. Basically, it's fun.
Don't do drugs, kids.
- Donnie Darko
- Almost Famous
- Apocalypse Now
- Miller's Crossing
- Leon: The Professional
- The Da Vinci Code
- Private Benjamin
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Trouble in Paradise
- The Story of the Last Chrysanthemums
- The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
- Bicycle Thieves