Tom DiCillo's Doors documentary is decently paced and packed with previously unseen archive footage but it never scratches beneath the surface and doesn't tell Doors fans anything they don't already know.
Filtered through the political and social upheaval of the time, which seems almost alien to today's world, the film is like a dispatch from another planet, or at least from a time so distant it feels like a dream.
No matter how much you know about The Doors, it's always a trip to see and to hear them, and this documentary has all the music, concert footage and shots of band camaraderie to warm a rock fan's heart.
When You're Strange wobbles in the transition from straightforward biography to op-ed with teeth. At times, the editor doesn't seem to know what to do with the uncovered footage, or there isn't enough to string it into a visual narrative.
Given the amount of raw, rare footage presented here (a godsend for fans and undeniably arresting for others) and a curiously detached viewpoint not buttressed with the expected talking-head interviews, there's actually little else to compare this film to
Seeing Morrison blithely hang a lei over the neck of an obviously giddy young woman or watching as Manzarek patiently fields questions helps humanize a group of men all too often shrouded in the mists of legend.