Val (Amazon)

Brendan’s Alternate Tagline: The Iceman shows his softer side.

Quick synopsis: A video autobiography of actor Val Kilmer.

Fun Fact Non-History People Will Like: Val Kilmer went to Julliard and is the youngest person ever accepted into their drama school.

Fun Fact for History Nerds: Kilmer didn’t want to be in Top Gun since he felt it glorified war.

My Take: Ever watch something which seems charming throughout but then it ends, and you aren’t sure how you felt about it? Yes, this is one of those.

Val is put together by Val Kilmer and is at times funny, tragic, bewildering, confusing, self-serving, and weird. Kilmer has lost his voice to throat cancer which necessitates his son doing some voice over.

The actor goes through his highs and lows while showing his current life making do without his voice. A lot of people may not realize Kilmer went to Julliard and that his first movies were pure comedies (where he was freaking hilarious). He married his costar from Willow (no, not Warwick Davis but that would be pretty cool). He got divorced, had some hard times, and now makes ends meet by doing autograph signings and appearances.

At the end, it just didn’t leave a mark. Ultimately, it feels like Kilmer lets himself off the hook for being kind of nightmare to work with at times which is well known. He has explanations at times but doesn’t seem to understand how he might rub people the wrong way. He has faced rough times and seems like a good person, but maybe just a bit of a weirdo.

Verdict: Eh. If nothing else is on.  

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