Happy Anniversary, Doors Movie!

Today marks the 23rd anniversary of Oliver Stone’s epic film about Jim Morrison.

A film that I ran out to see and in the process, let down a friend of mine by skipping a rehearsal. A film that, when I was 16, seemed like the coolest darned thing ever.

A film that, since then, I have come to realize is the shining example of everything wrong not just with our culture, but the glorification of a counter-culture that had problems deeper than imagined. There are so many factual inaccuracies in this film that I can hardly stand it anymore.

But that sixteen year old boy didn’t know that. To him, this film was everything he thought he wanted to be. Effortlessly cool, unconcerned with worldly judgment and so successful at doing…um, nothing…that he was lionized as a secular saint.

Some day soon I’ll re-watch this film (again) and pass a more sober (ha!) judgment on it. But for now, it sits there as so many of my memories of that boy do: cold and neglected, because he was a horribly selfish person. The fact that anyone considered him worth knowing is a mystery still.

And I know he lurks in my heart somewhere still, impish and awaiting the right moment to be wrong.

I live in terror that this movie, if watched again, will result in the release from his prison.

So I’ll just let you wrestle with this notion as I part today.

The same lad who idolized Luke Skywalker for all of his purity, will and self-sacrifice also idolized Jim Morrison. Noodle that one through.

3 thoughts on “Happy Anniversary, Doors Movie!

  1. John, I felt the same when I first saw The Doors in 1991 and was so turned off by Jim Morrison’s character that I stopped listening to The Doors until I rediscovered them in 2008. In 2010, I embarked on a tribute site for Jim Morrison and he was nothing like the character portrayed by Val Kilmer. The dialog in the movie was stupid — much of it lines from his poems; who talks like that?!!! Have you seen When You’re Strange? Although the footage is not as rare as it was claimed to be (a lot of it is on YouTube), it is the real Jim Morrison — not an actor. He was a lonely, sad, depressed alcoholic who liked acid when he was young. He was highly creative and scholarly. And, yes, he could be an a$$hole when he was drunk (Jimbo). But, all-in-all, people generally say he was a nice guy. Anyway, I hope you don’t mind, but I reblogged your post on http://www.jimmorrisonproject.com/entry/2014/03/happy-anniversary-doors-movie — if there is a problem with that, just let me know. –Joanne


    1. Joanne, Thanks so much for the reblog, and even more, thanks for reading! I’ll be giving you a follow on Twitter soon too. I have another post about Jim where I said pretty much the same things; there are parts of the real him that I recognize all too well, and my heart breaks for the fact that he was surrounded by enablers. Looking forward to interacting with you in the future – regardless of anything else, the music of the The Doors is always at the top of my list and will be always!


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