When You're Strange: A Film About The Doors

Film Review by Juliet Buchan | 28 Jun 2010
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Film title: When You're Strange: A Film About The Doors
Director: Tom DiCillo
Starring: The Doors, Johnny Depp
Release date: 2 Jul 2010
Certificate: 15


Alongside the kudos of Johnny Depp’s charismatic narration, When You’re Strange: A Film About The Doors is a strong depiction of the much clichéd icons. Directed by Tom DiCillo, the documentary artfully delves deep into the band's past from their meeting at the UCLA, to Jim Morrison's premature demise in 1971. This is no mean feat considering the abundant caricatures within pop culture that intrinsically link The Doors to 60’s psychedelic historicism. Instead, the indisputable influence of the politics of the time is smoothed alongside the musical chronology without being too obvious. Whether this is due to Depp’s crystal clear, calm overtones or the fact that no particular aspect is over-analysed or revered, it is refreshingly detailed and balanced. With dynamic sound throughout, great visual and auditory storytelling and plenty of rare footage, it is easy to see why Depp claims to be proud of this nostalgic yet relatable representation.