It’s not a secret that I love The Doors. I’m probably not the biggest fan out there, but I have enjoyed all of the music and like to think that I know quite a bit beyond the standard trivia. I did watch a great documentary the other day on Netflix that I hadn’t seen before. While it didn’t offer anything that I didn’t already know, the film was put together in a fantastic way.
“When You’re Strange: A Film About The Doors” was put together by Tom DiCillo. The narration by Johnny Depp adds to the films mystique, and the use of live footage from concerts and interviews brings the viewer’s right into the life and time of The Doors.
The film was originally released for several film festivals, to high acclaim, in 2009. It did play in theaters across the world, but in limited release. After the success at the various film festivals the film was released on DVD to the general public. It’s now available on Netflix through instant watch.
Even though the film didn’t give me any new information, it was riveting and fascinating to watch. Being able to see the group begin, transform, and slowly fall apart through the eyes of the media and actual footage was amazing. It’s more than just a documentary. It’s fair to call this film a tribute.
If you’re a die-hard fan, or just enjoy learning about the history of some of the most influential groups in music this film is going to be enjoyable.