The Doors Reviews

  • May 11, 2019

    I am not a fan of films about idols of music. This movie does not get even skin deep under the surface of the Doors. Not worth any but the songs here and there.

    I am not a fan of films about idols of music. This movie does not get even skin deep under the surface of the Doors. Not worth any but the songs here and there.

  • Apr 18, 2019

    Oliver Stone's scathingly psychedelic and seducingly incendiary biographical picture about Jim Morrison of the titular band and the troubled psyche that ensouls his poetical songs and impels his towering heterodox onstage enigma.

    Oliver Stone's scathingly psychedelic and seducingly incendiary biographical picture about Jim Morrison of the titular band and the troubled psyche that ensouls his poetical songs and impels his towering heterodox onstage enigma.

  • Feb 06, 2019

    How do you honor a rock god from a cinematic standpoint? Many filmmakers have tried to figure that out over the years and a few have come close to doing their subjects justice. However, none have come as close as Oliver Stone with his near mystical interpretation of Jim Morrison, front man for the titular band, "The Doors." This film traces Morrison's rise from the beaches of California in 1965 to his death in Paris, France in 1971. Six tumultuous years at a time when the world itself was drastically changing and the Doors were there to do their part. Stone's ability to capture cinematographic elegance had only grown since the days of "Salvador" and "Platoon," although "The Doors" could be considered the height of his visual mastery. Storyline wise, Stone lets the myth of Morrison stand on its own accord, examining Morrison's legacy only from the peripheral, which was probably the smartest choice Stone could make. Almost thirty years after the movie's release and it's still scary how well Val Kilmer stepped into Jim Morrison's shoes. The resemblance is uncanny, from the physical appearance to the voice to the mannerisms. This is as close as any actor could come to actually embodying the masterful Lizard King. Kyle MacLachlan's Ray Manzarek was a nice counterpoint to Kilmer's lead performance. He portrays the intense focus that guides Morrison's free spirit toward destiny. When I first saw this film upon its initial release, I found it remarkable that it didn't try to capture the Sixties. Instead, it felt like it could have taken place in any era. I think that helps to convey Morrison's genius. That it is eternal in its gift. That it defies the boundaries of generation and culture and becomes an epoch of its own. The ultimate predilection of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll in such excess that it doesn't merely elevate but destroys when there is no higher elevation to be obtained is a recurrent theme in the lives of musicians, particularly from the late Sixties. It raises interesting questions, especially in the case of Morrison. Was he a tragic figure or an unworthy icon? Did his fame and indulgence drive Jim insane or did it just turn him into an asshole? It's not a secret that Morrison could be abusive and irresponsible, but did that come naturally from within, amplified by the corrupting influence of celebrity status? Or did the weight of fame crush a sensitive genius until the burden was too much to bear and he had to lash out at those around him? Stone does his best to shine a light on these questions and I personally feel that ensures "The Doors" will remain one of the brightest spots in his own career. This is a movie that is as mind-expanding as the music that inspired its celluloid existence.

    How do you honor a rock god from a cinematic standpoint? Many filmmakers have tried to figure that out over the years and a few have come close to doing their subjects justice. However, none have come as close as Oliver Stone with his near mystical interpretation of Jim Morrison, front man for the titular band, "The Doors." This film traces Morrison's rise from the beaches of California in 1965 to his death in Paris, France in 1971. Six tumultuous years at a time when the world itself was drastically changing and the Doors were there to do their part. Stone's ability to capture cinematographic elegance had only grown since the days of "Salvador" and "Platoon," although "The Doors" could be considered the height of his visual mastery. Storyline wise, Stone lets the myth of Morrison stand on its own accord, examining Morrison's legacy only from the peripheral, which was probably the smartest choice Stone could make. Almost thirty years after the movie's release and it's still scary how well Val Kilmer stepped into Jim Morrison's shoes. The resemblance is uncanny, from the physical appearance to the voice to the mannerisms. This is as close as any actor could come to actually embodying the masterful Lizard King. Kyle MacLachlan's Ray Manzarek was a nice counterpoint to Kilmer's lead performance. He portrays the intense focus that guides Morrison's free spirit toward destiny. When I first saw this film upon its initial release, I found it remarkable that it didn't try to capture the Sixties. Instead, it felt like it could have taken place in any era. I think that helps to convey Morrison's genius. That it is eternal in its gift. That it defies the boundaries of generation and culture and becomes an epoch of its own. The ultimate predilection of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll in such excess that it doesn't merely elevate but destroys when there is no higher elevation to be obtained is a recurrent theme in the lives of musicians, particularly from the late Sixties. It raises interesting questions, especially in the case of Morrison. Was he a tragic figure or an unworthy icon? Did his fame and indulgence drive Jim insane or did it just turn him into an asshole? It's not a secret that Morrison could be abusive and irresponsible, but did that come naturally from within, amplified by the corrupting influence of celebrity status? Or did the weight of fame crush a sensitive genius until the burden was too much to bear and he had to lash out at those around him? Stone does his best to shine a light on these questions and I personally feel that ensures "The Doors" will remain one of the brightest spots in his own career. This is a movie that is as mind-expanding as the music that inspired its celluloid existence.

  • Nov 15, 2018

    Incrível... se por um lado a veracidade biográfica se faz passível a deslizes, a direção de arte e interpretação dos atores nos faz sentir a presença das personagens icônicas que foram os Doors. Mr. Mojo! Mr. Mojo Risin!

    Incrível... se por um lado a veracidade biográfica se faz passível a deslizes, a direção de arte e interpretação dos atores nos faz sentir a presença das personagens icônicas que foram os Doors. Mr. Mojo! Mr. Mojo Risin!

  • Nov 14, 2018

    Quite simply the best biography to date..Val kilmers jim' is immaculate!

    Quite simply the best biography to date..Val kilmers jim' is immaculate!

  • Nov 05, 2018

    The Doors biopic is, obviously, about The Doors... kind of. Its more of a Jim Morrison biopic to where it barely gives insight on the relationship between band and Morrison which separates this movie from being a Jim film rather than it about the band. Besides all that, it really isn’t a bad film. Its a pretty good Morrison film, actually. But since it is called “The Doors” i came in expecting to see quite a bit of the band itself but i barely got to see it. All i really saw was an interesting yet annoying acid trip of the mess-ily told story of Jim Morrison with a sprinkle of The Doors.

    The Doors biopic is, obviously, about The Doors... kind of. Its more of a Jim Morrison biopic to where it barely gives insight on the relationship between band and Morrison which separates this movie from being a Jim film rather than it about the band. Besides all that, it really isn’t a bad film. Its a pretty good Morrison film, actually. But since it is called “The Doors” i came in expecting to see quite a bit of the band itself but i barely got to see it. All i really saw was an interesting yet annoying acid trip of the mess-ily told story of Jim Morrison with a sprinkle of The Doors.

  • Nov 04, 2018

    I think Val Kilmer is a great actor (in other movies) and I do love the Doors music, but this movie is absolutely terrible. Very slow and to much time spent on Jim Morrisons drug induced days instead of the music. this is over 2 hours of my life I would like back.

    I think Val Kilmer is a great actor (in other movies) and I do love the Doors music, but this movie is absolutely terrible. Very slow and to much time spent on Jim Morrisons drug induced days instead of the music. this is over 2 hours of my life I would like back.

  • Oct 09, 2018

    The Doors were a huge sensation back in the day and Jim Morrison- the lanky, good looking man was their mainstay. Oliver Stone's The Door's is a biographical take on Jim Morrison and you'd be hard pressed to find a lot of faults here- Kilmer is literally the photo copy of the real Jim and Meg Ryan is adorable as his girlfriend. The film itself wasn't such a hit because, well to be frank it is vague and goes off on many tangents but this is a valiant effort to show a true rock star in all his glory. Even if you aren't a fan of the Doors I suggest you check this one out.

    The Doors were a huge sensation back in the day and Jim Morrison- the lanky, good looking man was their mainstay. Oliver Stone's The Door's is a biographical take on Jim Morrison and you'd be hard pressed to find a lot of faults here- Kilmer is literally the photo copy of the real Jim and Meg Ryan is adorable as his girlfriend. The film itself wasn't such a hit because, well to be frank it is vague and goes off on many tangents but this is a valiant effort to show a true rock star in all his glory. Even if you aren't a fan of the Doors I suggest you check this one out.

  • Sep 26, 2018

    Oliver Stone decides to give the political theories a rest and dives into the biography of a rock band's leading man. This is a biographical take on Jim Morrison and you'd be hard pressed to find a lot of faults here- Kilmer is literally the photo copy of the real Jim and Meg Ryan is adorable as his girlfriend. The film itself wasn't such a hit because, well to be frank it is vague and goes off on many tangents but this is a valiant effort to show a true rock star. Even if you aren't a fan of the Doors I suggest you check this one out.

    Oliver Stone decides to give the political theories a rest and dives into the biography of a rock band's leading man. This is a biographical take on Jim Morrison and you'd be hard pressed to find a lot of faults here- Kilmer is literally the photo copy of the real Jim and Meg Ryan is adorable as his girlfriend. The film itself wasn't such a hit because, well to be frank it is vague and goes off on many tangents but this is a valiant effort to show a true rock star. Even if you aren't a fan of the Doors I suggest you check this one out.

  • Aug 21, 2018

    Oliver Stone's The Door's is a biographical take on Jim Morrison and you'd be hard pressed to find a lot of faults here- Kilmer is literally the photo copy of the real Jim and Meg Ryan is adorable as his girlfriend. The film itself wasn't such a hit because, well to be frank it is vague and goes off on many tangents but this is a valiant effort to show a true rock star. Even if you aren't a fan of the Doors I suggest you check this one out.

    Oliver Stone's The Door's is a biographical take on Jim Morrison and you'd be hard pressed to find a lot of faults here- Kilmer is literally the photo copy of the real Jim and Meg Ryan is adorable as his girlfriend. The film itself wasn't such a hit because, well to be frank it is vague and goes off on many tangents but this is a valiant effort to show a true rock star. Even if you aren't a fan of the Doors I suggest you check this one out.