Biopics of famous singers rock. Recently, the trailer premiered for the long-awaited James Brown biopic "Get on Up." Among the many worth watching is "The Doors," which came out in 1991. Like "Get on Up," much of this film is set in the 1960s.
"The Doors" begins with Jim Morrison (played by Val Kilmer) as an aspiring film student at UCLA. When that does not work out for him, he starts a band that will ultimately become "The Doors." The band develops a local cult following, but it soon attains superstar status. Jim is enthralled with the three components of "sex, drugs, and rock and roll." Add to that a deep fascination with off center religious rites and soon, there is a deep tension between him and the other band members. By the age of 27, drugs undo him, and he dies of heart failure.
This film is sometimes unpleasant to watch, especially in the second half. We see how Jim's addictions destroy him and his relationships. But the movie is still worth seeing because director Oliver Stone does an effective job recreating the 1960s. Also, there is, of course, a lot of great music.
As Jim Morrison, Val Kilmer is pitch-perfect. He looks a lot like him, and he has a lot of charisma. Kilmer also does a great job singing in the concert scenes. Another memorable performance is by Meg Ryan, who plays Pam, Jim's long-suffering girlfriend.
Although it is not an upbeat film, "The Doors" is worth watching for the music and performances.