The Doors

The Doors

DVD - 1991
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Dramatized biography of Jim Morrison and the musical group which typified the 1960's.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : Artisan Home Entertainment, c1991
Edition: Special ed
ISBN: 9786306529186
Branch Call Number: DOO
Characteristics: 2 dvds (138 min.) : sd., col. ; 12 cm

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ManMachine
Feb 01, 2017

Back in the mid-1960's, before one of rock's most awesome singers, Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin, stepped into the limelight (along with his talented comrades) and conquered the world of rock'n'roll - It was singer Jim Morrison of The Doors who ruled (in my opinion) as the reigning King of the Vocal Chords.

Right from the start, director Oliver Stone's evocative film, The Doors, makes no excuses for not being a panoramic view of the entire band as a whole. This film's obviously myopic focus is on that of Jim Morrison who is presented to the viewer as though he were both a separate entity and as the entire embodiment of the band, The Doors, itself - All in one whirlwind of a package.

The movie "The Doors" contains some of the most exceptionally exhilarating live concert-footage that I've ever seen recorded on film. And, as an added bonus - It would be a literal understatement to say that Val Kilmer, as Jim Morrison, puts in a truly remarkable performance.

The only real flaw to mar this otherwise finely-executed film was the despicable performance of Meg Ryan who played Morrison's hippie-dippie girlfriend, Pamela Courson. Yep. Ryan really stank, big-time..... (*Watch movie-trailer*)

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iwasthewalrus
Nov 17, 2013

This is one of the strongest Oliver Stone film I've ever seen, and yes, I have seen Platoon and JFK . To start us off, Val Kilmer is mesmerizing in his accuracy of his portrayal of the energy-filled drug addict, Jim Morrison. There are a lot of similarities between this and Joaquin Pheonix's slightly superior performance as Johnny Cash in Walk The Line . But what makes The Doors twinkle above other similar films, is how it presents Jim Morrison. He was a terrible person in reality, yet a very talented poet/musician. That is precisely how Oliver Stone chooses to show Morrison. I despise watching bio-pics such as Lincoln where the protagonist is a flawless character. In The Doors, we see a scene where Jim locks the woman he loves in a closet, and lights it on fire as he exits the house. The protagonist is a sick man, and Oliver Stone doesn't make an effort to deny that in the slightest.
The film itself follows rockstar/poet, Jim Morrison and his career in the 1960s band, The Doors. While suffering from severe alcohol addiction and drug addiction, Morrison slowly begins to ruin whatever happiness he may have ever had.
In the supporting roles, we see a very different looking Kyle MacLachlan. It's very hard to believe he was in Twin Peaks during the same year. That wig, spectacles and very fake looking beard (all of the false facial hair is terribly applied in this film) totally warped his face. Despite the abundance of effort applied to disguise MacLachlan, his acting didn’t pull through past the stage of an impersonation. Meg Ryan plays Pamela Courson, the "girlfriend" of Jim Morrison who is gradually destroyed by his dangerous tendencies. It doesn't seem quite like her sort of character to portray. She should stick to comedy, as that's clearly where her strengths lay. Her performance was never "poor" but there were several moments where I failed to buy in.
There are a great deal of acid trip sequences, and it brings out the best in the cinematography. The camera positions are both inventive and help deliver the mood of the trip. The film takes a switch (a little too suddenly) to the perspective of the band mates, and the people who are watching him destroy his life, and then the photography changes a little. It becomes less a matter of emulating the drug-infested perspective he is living through, and more a matter of the people watching him ruin not only his life, but the lives of everyone around him. It was very profound work.
But as all of Oliver Stone's film must have, there is a major flaw in The Doors , and that is how it progressed its plot. I'd have been more than satisfied if the film had focused entirely on character, and cinematography, and not tried to develop the plot too much. This is one of those rare instances where you feel you can totally ignore a film having a plot. But instead, the story went by very sloppily. We see these events happening without any rhyme or reason to them, and we never buy in. It conformed to the average bio-pic because of how it chose to progress its story line. I'm very disappointed, because I have a lot more faith in Stone as a screenwriter than a director, for the most part. Scarface and Midnight Express had great screenplays, yet here, Stone lets a lot slide by. At least he switched everything around when he started filming, and totally crushed it. This is a film with a sense of innovative power surrounding it, as it avoids conformist decisions on the directorial perspective.

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Monolith
Oct 04, 2013

Hey, can I play too? The film's title card is quoted as: "Jim is 'said' to have died of heart failure. He was 27." Here's Wikipedia's take on it: "Morrison developed an alcohol dependency which led to his death at the age of 27 in Paris. He is alleged to have died of a heroin overdose, but as no autopsy was performed, the exact cause of his death is still disputed." All that is known *for certain*, due to a lack of forensic evidence, is that he excessively abused drugs and alcohol, and, he's dead. With the booze and junk unquestionably largely contributing to cementing his position in the unenviable '27 Club', which includes Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Kurt Cobain as some of its members. As for the film itself, Stone's choice in Val Kilmer was genius. His resemblance to the Lizard King was so close it was spooky. And his voice, and his manner... everything. It was like deja vu. An incredible portrayal, soup to nuts, and I'll go as far as to say it was the best work I've ever seen come from Kilmer. The soundtrack was dynamite. The story itself was... ok. The Native American spirit thing was a little over-the-top, but as a whole, Stone did a terrific job.

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epurys
Apr 09, 2013

You're both wrong. He died of heart failure. Supposedly Kilmer actually sings in this film at one point (I think he sings The Spy to Pamela). Although Kilmer may not look like Morrison exactly, you can tell that he not only did his research, but could also sympathize with the character he was portraying. For fans of Morrison, I'd think this would be an admirable performance (though there are those likely to disagree with me).

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MarcyChristison
Oct 12, 2012

He did not die of a drug overdose...He drank himself to death!

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Ron@Ottawa
Sep 24, 2012

Val Kilmer played rocker Jim Morrison who died of a drug overdose in Paris at the age of 27. It is a watchable film if you are a fan. I am not, so did not find the film engaging.

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Monolith
Oct 04, 2013

Jim Morrison: "I believe in a long prolonged derangement of the senses to attain the unknown... Although I live in the subconscious, our pale reason hides the infinite from us."

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