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Jim Morrison: "I believe in excess... "
Annie Van Auken | Planet Earth | 04/30/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Surely Jim Morrison's life wasn't as debauched as Oliver Stone presents it in THE DOORS (1991). The film plays like a rock music gang bang. OK, not exactly, but if Jimmy was THAT physically active wouldn't he have had a case of terminal johnson blisters?

Recently seeing this movie again reminded me of how handsome Val Kilmer was in his youth. Physically he makes a superb Morrison, can even sing like the man. Yes, the music is just great here and the actors playing the other members of the Doors work well in their roles.

Crispin Glover's Andy Warhol is also interesting (in a creepy sort of way), but this film is good only up to a point. The early story works best, and then you get to that vampire sequence, geez. And how about Meg Ryan's elevator surprise? If I saw what she encountered that night I'd be outta there on the next flight to San Berdoo. Yet Pamela Courson stuck around for more heartbreak, and more, and more, and...

Director Stone must have a message here. Surely it isn't: don't shoot too many scenes with a red filter? With Morrison/Kilmer overdrugging, overdrinking, oversexing, overeating and overschmoozing, it has to be: all things in moderation.

In a two year period, Janis Joplin died of heroin and booze, Jim Morrison passed away in a bathtub from a heroin OD and Jimi Hendrix asphixiated while regurgitating the 9 sleeping pills he'd swallowed, which apparently was 8½ too many. All were only 27. All had made wondrous music. The word "tragedy" doesn't begin to describe how Janis, Jim and Jimi left us, and what the world lost in potential new songs as a result. Their deaths marked a turning point in music and in how we fans lived our own lives.

Epilogue: Three years after Jim left her, Pamela Courson also died of a heroin overdose. Like the others, Pamela was only 27 years old."