Documentary Spotlight: Val (2021)

by robotGEEK

First off, I would like to apologize for the lack of content lately. I always tend to forget how difficult my time management gets during the summer. I'm one of those people who needs a schedule, and when we have all this free time during the summer, I get thrown off considerably and it's hard for me to get things done. I definitely have way too many hobbies and juggle way too many things with work, responsibilities, life and art. But I think starting today, things will get back on track. I definitely have a lot to catch up on here, but in the meantime, if you haven't already, I encourage you to check out my Instagram page where I am my most active. Anyway, lets dig in. 

First up is this excellent documentary that I just watched yesterday afternoon on Amazon Prime. Funnily enough, I just finished his memoir and wasn't even aware his documentary was going to be hitting soon, until a few of my Instagram followers pointed out that it just hit Amazon Prime. 

Narrated by his son, who sounds shockingly just like his dad, it was every bit as entertaining as I’d hoped, and paints a much broader portrait of a very passionate man. Whereas I found his memoir to focus too much on his lost loves and heartache, I found this to be far more inclusive regarding his career.

One thing of special note is that Kilmer was an avid documentarian. He filmed so much of his life, beginning as a very young man in the early 80's to now, through various cameras and mediums as technology changed and it's really such a fascinating thing to watch. Whether it was just filming himself in a quiet moment talking to the camera in moments of reflection, filming behind the scenes of any of his more popular films, or recording typical family stuff with his kids and ex-wife, it's a lot. Decades worth of footage and it's what really drives this documentary in a way that you don't see very often, making it quite an intimate experience. 

Val is an absolute gem of a documentary. 

Now streaming on Amazon Prime. 

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