Oliver Stone’s homage to 60’s rock group The Doors also doubles as a biography of the group’s late singer, the “Electric Poet” Jim Morrison. The movie follows Morrison from his days as a film student in Los Angeles to his death in Paris in 1971, at the age of 27.
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one star for Val, one star for kevin "we took drugs to expand our minds' Dillon, one star for Kyle Maclachlan as a hippie, one star for Robert Richardson, one star for Frank Whaley, negative three stars for its lack of insight on anything
This movie is really long or at least feels really long. What I liked most about it was Val singing with his own voice, the hallucinogenic imagery, Crispin as Warhol and the musical performances. What I didn't like was finding out how watered down Meg Ryan's character was from the real thing.
I liked this film quite a bit and that was before I could call myself a "doors aficionado", though admittedly I've enjoyed almost everything Stone has every made. He is the very definition of auteur, a heavy hitter with an expansive grasp of the cinematic language. Perhaps the best performance Kilmer has ever delivered while Ryan and the rest stumble to keep up. Stone pushes boundaries others tremble to consider.
I loved this film when I was younger, now I don't like it as much. Oliver Stone was more interested in portraying Morrison as an out of control madman, neglecting his genius. Val Kilmer gives the performance of a lifetime, Robert Richardson gives an amazing light, production design is great, still a sight to the senses.
Just re-watched this movie for the first time in a long while. I forgot how brilliant it was. Masterful film-making from Oliver Stone (as always), and Val Kilmer gives one of the great film performances of all time.
More of an extended music video montage than a full fledged biopic, but it does have a hallucinatory effect and it does do a fantastic job immersing you in the drugged out hedonism of the 1960s. Val Kilmer turns in a great performance, but the movie tends to skirt by actual narrative.