Late Night Flick: The Doors

2am, just finish reading what’s next watching “The Doors” movie. Trill indeed. I’ve heard of The Doors before. Did I listen to their music honestly, no. After viewing the movie I became a believer. It’s crazy was it the drugs and lifestyle that took them to the next level who knows but I dig their music and enjoyed watching the movie.

The Doors is a 1991 biopic about the 1960s-1970s rock band of the same name which emphasizes the life of its lead singer, Jim Morrison. It was directed by Oliver Stone, and stars Val Kilmer as Morrison, Meg Ryan as Pamela Courson (Morrison’s companion), Kyle MacLachlan as Ray Manzarek, Frank Whaley as Robby Krieger, Kevin Dillon as John Densmore, and Kathleen Quinlan asPatricia Kennealy.

The film portrays Morrison as the larger-than-life icon of 1960s rock and roll, counterculture, and the drug-using free love hippie lifestyle. But the depiction goes beyond the iconic: his alcoholism, interest in the spiritual plane and hallucinogenic drugs as entheogens, and, particularly, his growing obsession with death are threads which weave in and out of the film. The film’s depiction of Morrison did not sit well with his close friends and family.

As The Doors become hugely successful, Morrison becomes increasingly infatuated with his own image as “The Lizard King” and degenerates into alcoholism and drug addiction. As he sinks deeper into an alcoholic haze he begins having several affairs, particularly mystical sexual encounters with Patricia Kennealy, a rock journalist involved in witchcraft. The rest of the band grows weary of Morrison’s missed recording sessions and absences at concerts. Morrison is depicted arriving late to a Miami, Florida concert, becoming increasingly confrontational towards the audience and exposing himself onstage. The incident is a low point for the band, resulting in resentment from the other band members and Morrison’s trial for indecent exposure.

In 1971, Courson finds Jim Morrison dead in a bathtub in Paris, France, at the age of 27. Pamela Courson similarly dies three years later of a drug overdose, also at the age of 27. The final scenes of the film before the credits roll are of Morrison’s gravesite in Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris with a rock version of Remo Giazotto’s Adagio in G minor playing in the background as well as a voice over by Morrison. Just before the credits, the screen whites out and text appears saying “Jim Morrison is said to have died of heart failure. He was 27. Pam joined him three years later.”

During the credits, the band is shown recording the song “L.A. Woman” in the studio.

I’m a Doors fan minus the wild ass drugs!


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