Val (2021)

“Documentary centering on the daily life of actor Val Kilmer featuring never-before-seen footage spanning 40 years.” -IMDB

Val (2021)

I think with Val Kilmer, there’s a bit of a generational divide between 80s and 90s millennials. While 80s millennials were fans from Top Gun and Tombstone, Kilmer’s career was starting to fade a bit from the mainstream by the time us younger millennials developed our social awareness.

That’s what made this documentary, as heartbreaking as it was, an interesting watch. Even as a self-described celebrity connoisseur, I wasn’t very familiar with Kilmer’s youth, career, and fame, as much as someone who followed him during his time as an A-lister. Kilmer and his fellow filmmakers took great care to show depth, reflection, and care as they described his shockingly tragic life and his recent battle with throat cancer, which has left him unable to speak without a medical device. The film is even more poignant because his son narrates the film, with words written by Kilmer.

It is definitely an actor and artist’s movie, you can tell that Kilmer, with his Juilliard training , cares about art above all else. With that said, the movie might be a bit slow for some. It is also quite heavy, as Kilmer reflects on his own mortality. However, if you are interested in seeing behind the curtain of a great and dedicated modern actor, then this is worth the watch. It will also likely be nominated for the 2022 Academy Awards in the documentary category, so if your starting your Oscar watches early, you don’t have to go to the theater for this one, you can catch it at home on Amazon Prime.

Rating: 6 out of 10 Claire Bears


If you like this movie, you should also watch: Kid 90, Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind, I am Heath Ledger

Streaming: Amazon Prime

Directed By: Ting Poo, Leo Scott

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