March 6, 2008

The Doors Movie



Was just flipping around TV channels and landed on Val Kilmer's excellent portrayal of Jim Morrison.

Say what you want about the film - some say it was great, some say cheesy. I love it but its very sad. I "discovered" Jim Morrison and the Doors when I was 12 years old. Jim had been dead for a year at that time but it didn't matter. I was hooked. I listened to all their music and learned as much as I could about him (no easy feat before the days of the internet...I went to the library!).

Back in those days we didn't have portable music like Walkman's or iPods, but that didn't stop me from "listening" to music when I wanted to. I had the ability to hear whatever song I wanted and play it in my head. One day I was riding my bike listening to "Rider's on the Storm" and got so lost in it that I fell over and broke my arm. True story. Embarrassing, but true :)

Anyhow....just had to share the memory.

7 comments:

Jeff said...

I enjoyed the movie, and watch it pretty often. I think it actually made Jim look worse than he really was but it was still a good movie. Val Kilmer was perfect for the role.

Bond said...

I have a sound track in my head that plays whenever it likes...something will trigger a song and it just sits back there and plays...

Personally I totally enjoyed the movie

Malcolm said...

I remember seeing "The Doors" in the theater. Val Kilmer did an amazing job of capturing the spirit of Jim.

By the way, those brain-embedded soundtracks are cool.

RAHM said...

I like the movie, my favourite part is when Jim is in the birthday's party playing with the kids..

Isorski said...

I love this movie as well. Have you seen Val reprise the role on Saturday Night Live? That was pretty funny...

Perplexio said...

Prior to seeing the movie I read the book No One Hear Gets Out Alive. It was uncanny how well the movie followed that book.

In interviews with director Oliver Stone, he indicated that Val Kilmer was much more difficult to work with when he did The Doors than he was when he made Alexander back in 2006. He's matured a lot since his early career.

I was reading an article on Kilmer from Chuck Klosterman's book IV. Klosterman indicates in the footnotes that if a movie were made about Kilmer that Heath Ledger was the ideal actor to play a young Kilmer (the article was written in 2006 or 2007-- so Ledger was still alive at the time). I thought that was rather interesting.

Josh Bray said...

I really like the fact that Kilmer sang the tunes in his auditions and that his voice was almost uncanny to Morrisons.
The way he portrayed him was amazing and i loved Kilmers voice in it

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