When You're Strange: A Film About The Doors

Film, Documentaries
4 out of 5 stars
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Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars
Whether you consider Doors singer Jim Morrison a valued addition to the rock pantheon or a vain, attention-seeking, pretentious ponce who wrote hippy-drippy poetry in his spare time, you can’t deny the enigmatic anti-authoritarian Lizard King cut a charismatic swagger. He had a great voice too. Unlike so many other rockumentaries about dead stars, Tom DiCillo’s biography doesn’t lumber itself with voxpops from band members and friends. Instead, the story is told via a montage of fascinating and rarely seen archive footage. Meanwhile Johnny Depp offers one of the most authoritative narratives in years, proving that, when he’s past acting, he should consider a twilight career in audiobooks.

By the summer of ’67, The Doors had become one of America’s most beloved and subversive acts. Yet, as this well-crafted film illustrates, the attention always focused on Morrison, his binges and his notorious on-stage outbursts involving drugged-out lunacy, vitriol and indecent exposure. Boy, they don’t make ’em like that any more.

By: Derek Adams



Release details

Release date:
Friday July 2 2010
86 mins

Cast and crew

Tom DiCillo
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