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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Deeply flawed and a tough hang sometimes, but man oh man, do I admire Stone’s balls. What a fucking trip. 4 stars because I don't see this type of big budget cinema anymore and because Val Kilmer's performance is something truly special.
I'm not much of a Doors fan. But that doesn't matter: for this movie to work, Oliver Stone didn't have to convince me they're great, he just had to convey why he feels they're great. In that regard, the film is a rousing success. This is a 144 minute trip down the rabbit hole of rock excess - the sex and the drugs (and the drugs and the drugs). Production values are stellar and you couldn't ask for better casting.
Stone's deification of Morrison feels brave, foolish and full of hopeless adolescent romanticism. I really think Stone just wanted to pair florid, psychedelic imagery with the classic, iconic Doors' music. The film is overblown and pretentious, but it is also fun and sincere in it's depiction of Morrison as a talented young man sinking into excess. The film goes over the edge just as Morrison did. Dionysian cinema.
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.
There are - at least - two things that made THE DOORS is one of the great movie from 1991. First - Oliver Stone's wonderful presentation of The Doors phenomenon. He delivered a haunting, exciting, and entertaining of Jim Morrison's life. Although, he described Morrison as a lunatic and selfish human being rather than a crazy genius person. Second - Val Kilmer's potrayal as Morrison. He's the life & soul of this movie
Val Kilmer gives a really incredible performance as Jim Morrison, but the film sort of just drifts from one questionably evocative scene to the next. It's a tidy recreation of beats from Jim Morrison's career, but it suffers from playing Morrison's obsession with death duplicitously for both disturbing drama and ethereal beauty (specifically in the final scene, where Jim's hair removal signifies purification).