WHEN YOU'RE STRANGE: A FILM ABOUT THE DOORS

When You're Strange: A Film About The Doors
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WHEN YOU'RE STRANGE: A FILM ABOUT THE DOORS



Written by Johny Chhetri
21 Monday 21st June 2010

 

The Doors, who isn’t a fan? Even if you haven’t heard of them, you’d have heard their music with hits such as Break On Through and Light My Fire being songs that provoke that “Oh yeah, I’ve heard this one before” response. They were one of the most influential rock bands out there, and just like any other, a documentary has been made about them.
 
 
When You’re Strange starts with the best Jim Morrison look-a-like in the business playing ‘the lizard king’ climbing out of a car wreck at the side of a long and dusty road and hitchhiking. Far out man. We are then zoomed into the origin of The Doors. Touching briefly on how the band members met and how each member played their instruments.
 
One thing that disappoints is the focus is on one of the most talked about topics when you mention The Doors: Jim Morrison’s drink and drug problems. We all know Morrison had demons and what happened to him was utterly tragic. Call me insensitive, but we’ve all heard it all before at one point or another. It would have been nice to have seen more stuff about the other members of the band instead of Morrison’s horrible demise. With that said, the focus on Morrison’s demise really struck a chord with viewers and the live clips were awe-inspiring.
 
With narration coming from none other than Johnny Depp, viewers can’t help but be drawn in with such a gripping voice documenting the story of the band. His made-for-story-telling voice, sharp delivery and perfect timing had audience members at both ends of the emotional spectrum. Move over James Earl Jones, there’s a new king of narrating!

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