Val Kilmer gave a pretty memorable performance as Doors frontman Jim Morrison way back in 1991, but there’s no substituting the real deal. Hence, When You’re Strange: A Film About the Doors, a new feature-length documentary on the legendary LA band (Morrison, Ray Manzarek, John Densmore, and Robby Krieger), which screens at the Sundance Kabuki tonight at 7:10 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. The doc “uncovers historic and previously unseen footage of the illustrious rock quartet and provides new insight into the revolutionary impact of its music and legacy. Directed by award-winning writer/director Tom DiCillo and narrated by Johnny Depp, the film is a riveting account of the band’s history.”
Morrison has been plenty idolized since his untimely death in 1971, but if anything, the documentary serves as a reminder of just how lacking the current music scene is in charismatic rock stars. The release of When You’re Strange comes accompanied by the release of a soundtrack, which includes thirteen songs from the band’s six albums, plus live performances from the Ed Sullivan Show and the Isle of Wight Festival.