One of the silliest films I have ever seen.
Oh, boy, where to begin...
Now, I'm a fan of the Doors. I'm not really a fan of Oliver Stone, but
hey, a movie's a movie.
But Christ! There's OTT and then there's LSDOTT! This is supposedly a
biopic of the Doors, but Ray Manzarek, John Densmore and Robby Krieger
get barely a mention. At best, they're portrayed as Jim's friends, at
So this film is basically Jim Morrison. Now I like Jim's lyrics and
voice, but the Doors would have been nothing without the fabulous
music. Of course, he led by far the most chaotic lifestyle so it's
inevitable he would get the most screen time, but oh my god, you
wouldn't believe some of the rubbish Ollie sticks in this film. He
raises Jim to status of some kind of Godlike figure. He has Indian
spirits dancing around him when he performs. Every second word is some
kind of mystical phrase. Every time he performs it's like it's some
great historical event. Even the notorious incident when got out his
penis on stage is transformed in a ludicrous sacred ritual! Not to
mention the mystic orgies, insane (and nonfactual) stage behaviour,
long drawn-out shots of him staring into the eyes of an Indian spirit
who appears for no reason at all. It's all reminiscent of those
ultra-pretentious art-house movies that were prominent in the 60's
which have dated so badly.
It's so utterly nonsensical you wonder what Ollie was thinking (or
drinking)! That's not the only problem with the film - it's
historically inaccurate too, as has been pointed out in other reviews.
The goofs section will tell all you need to know - you get the feeling
that Ollie idolised Jim Morrison way too much.
As for the acting - variable. I'll admit, Val Kilmer does a TERRIFIC
performance - it's uncanny at times. He's wasted in this movie. There
are some particularly poor performances though. The scene that takes
place in Andy Warhol's factory contains the worst offenders. Andy
himself is portrayed as, well, WTF?! Just too weird and stupid to
believe, uttering some idiotic dialogue about "Would you like to talk
to God, Jim?" And Nico, who was known to be Jim's lover before he died,
has almost racist portrayal.
Still, after all this I have to say I did enjoy watching the movie.
It's beautifully shot and wonderfully evocative of the era. As a piece
of art-house trash, it's fun.
As a biopic, it couldn't be worse..
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By stand-alone I mean the following..my review of the movie is my
review of the movie The Doors, and especially the singer who is by now
in American history nearly a myth, a modern Dionysus. Yet, Jim Morrison
was a little too close to the present in terms of events, his life as a
part of and outside of The Doors, to be a myth. A legend, yes,
depending on your point of view about rock icons. There are many books
about Jim and The Doors none I have not read, and I should, since I
like their CD's. And because I like the movie so much. Yet the last
part of the statement I just made invites an incredible amount of
criticism, so much that the beliefs of other Doors fans become
practically catechisms. The church of The Doors that has stoned the
director of the film so much is angry, or was at a time. Ray Manzarek
is a very good example. I don't think I saw him on video in the 15th
year reissue. I don't see Manzarek in any of the special features.
Although I love the movie, so much that I've seen it 20 times or more,
I have to have respect for a man that was the closest member to Jim
Morrison. They all loved Morrison, everyone in the band I mean, even
John Densmore. I believe the drummer served to balance out the
emotions. After all, the group was not Jim Morrison and The Doors. So,
the movie begins with The Lizard Kind in his later days, a little
heavier, enjoying the alcohol possibly more than ever, and accompanied
by the spirit of the Indian played by Red Floyd Crow Westerman. The
native American plays a crucial part of the movie. The spirit is
watching Morrison, looking after him it seems. But not able to do
anything to help. The movie shows Jim Morrison in a downward spiral.
Like I said, this is a stand-alone review of the movie. A lot of things
did happen, yet a lot of events and feelings were not explained. This
was really a major motion picture, with Hollywood cinema attire, and
obviously there are people still alive(or were) connected with The
Doors who were offended. There have been many famous people, whether
they were actors, musicians, comedians, politicians, poets and writers
who have been the subject of movies. But those people, like Jackson
Pollock or Nixon or Andy Kaufman were all, to my knowledge, never in
docudramas until after their death. This is the big difference between
Morrison and those I just named. Apparently, the surviving members of
The Doors with the exception of Manzarek were for the movie. Maybe they
changed their minds later. The movie The Doors blew my mind, because it
was a major motion picture. What is ironically humorous about that fact
is that the movie was garnered and placed under Paramount and now
belongs to Lionsgate. It was hugely successful...one never knows what
movie entities have on their mind. Didn't fit into their library. The
uniqueness of the L.A. band in movie terms is that, after seeing a film
about The Doors, it's an act that no other band can really top. To see
a movie about The Byrds or The Airplane or The Grateful Dead...that
might never happen. The reason could be each did not have such a wild
poet/singer with so much going on in his life...or those other Cali
bands may have just said no to the idea, for any number of reasons. I'm
just not one who is mad about the Doors movie. It's too different, and
did not make me feel like an idiot..