First Glance: “Val”

Val Kilmer’s career makes for a fascinating and sobering story. Now the 61-year-old actor gets a chance to share his life in the upcoming documentary simply titled “Val”, set to premiere this week and Cannes before streaming next month on Amazon Prime. There was a time in the 1980’s and much of the 90’s when Kilmer was everyone and a long and prosperous career seemed all but a certainty. But a two year battle with throat cancer left the star of such films as “Top Gun”, “Tombstone”, and “Heat” barely able to speak and on a feeding tube.

“Val” was put together from thousands of hours of video tapes and film reels shot and compiled by Kilmer himself. The new trailer gives us just a glimpse of the behind the scenes access we can expect, not just to his career but also his life. You get the sense from the trailer and from Kilmer’s Twitter account that this a deeply personal project for him; in many ways therapeutic and a means for him to regain his voice. I’ve always liked Kilmer and I’m really anxious to give this a look.

“Val” is getting a limited theater release July 23rd and lands on Amazon Prime August 6th. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.

6 thoughts on “First Glance: “Val”

  1. I saw this trailer yesterday and man, I want to see this more than ever. Plus, seeing Val in that old Batman costume like Adam West gave me the feels.

    • It’s interesting. The early scenes from his videotapes start off with the pretty self-indulgent feel. But then when you see the broken man at the end it becomes something more. Now how that translates for an entire movie is still up in the air.

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