Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The Doors

The Gist: A biographical retelling of how Jim Morrison and three other guys formed the band The Doors in the 60's and their meteoric rise to eternal fame, until Morrison's premature death at age 27.

One can feel the labor of love The Doors must have been for director Oliver Stone. It is certainly one of the best biographical movies I've ever seen. I'm not really a fan of The Doors, since they were before my time, but I thoroughly enjoyed finding out more about them.

The entire movie pretty much rests on the shoulders of Val Kilmer, and he turns in a stellar performance. He naturally looks very much alike Jim Morrison, and his acting skills allowed him to mimic the late great in gait and mannerisms, but I read that he sounded so much like Morrison, he even did most of the singing himself. Apparently, even the surviving band members had trouble telling them apart.

The Bottom Line: If you are or were a fan of The Doors, this is a no-brainer, and you won't be disappointed, but I would recommend The Doors for anyone, because it's a very well made movie that tells a very engaging story and features Val Kilmer like you've never imagined him.

Grade: 7

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