Don't get me wrong. I enjoy watching most anything connected to the Doors. However, this movie plays very loose with the truth on many aspects of the Doors' Music Career. The story jumps so quickly from Ray and Jim's meeting on Venice Beach to the band recording Light My Fire. Nothing is mentioned on how Densmore and Kreiger joined the band. Val Kilmer was a good choice for the role of Jim Morrison. However too much of the film dwelled on Jim's demons. Oliver Stone portrays Morrison as an evil person whether he was drunk or not. In addition, he gives the viewers the impression that there was a great deal of tension between Morrison and Manzarek. Just note the tension at the party between Ray and Jim during the infamous "duck" incident. This is simply not true. Just read through Light My Fire and you will realize that Jim Morrison was a good person with alot of problems.
I enjoy hearing the Doors songs and they lead well into some of the scenes particularly when Val sings The Spy to Pamela. The concert footage is fabulous as Val really pushes the right buttons. The airport scene is pretty cool as well. The lighting and scenery is certainly well done.
Most fans of the band will probably enjoy this film as long as they take it in a light hearted way. However, those people who are looking for an accurate account of the Doors career may be somewhat dissappointed. Visually though this is quite enjoyable.
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Thanks in large part to its meticulous re-creation of the late 1960s and early 1970s rock scene and the uncannily authentic performance by Val Kilmer as legendary Doors front man Jim Morrison, Oliver Stone's hypnotic film biography is standing the test of time. Capturing the carefree mood of the Age of Aquarius, the film charts the meteoric rise of the Doors on the California club circuit (including a memorable scene showing the creation of the hit "Light My Fire"), and chronicles the band's exploits with hallucinogenics and Morrison's battles against charges of public indecency on stage. Kilmer's performance is hauntingly perfect, and performances by Meg Ryan, Kathleen Quinlan, and Kyle MacLachlan are similarly impressive. The movie doesn't fully probe the depths of Morrison's character, but as a portrait of excess it is vividly true to the spirit of the self-destructive poet known to his fans as "The Lizard King."--Jeff Shannon