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Val Kilmer, one of Hollywood’s most mercurial actors has been documenting his life and craft through film. He has amassed thousands of hours of footage, from home movies made with his brothers, to time spent in iconic roles for blockbuster films like Top Gun & Batman. This raw and wildly original documentary reveals a life lived to extremes and a heart-filled look at what it means to be an artist.
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Ben CotnerEmily OsborneSarba DasVal KilmerLeo ScottTing PooAndrew FriedDane LillegardJordan WynnBrad KoepenickAli Alborzi
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IronAngelReviewed in the United States on August 6, 2021
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Really enjoyed. I thought Val was really showing such a nice vulnerable part of himself. Was done/crafted beautifully. His son’s voice as the narrator, was perfect. Unsure why some reviews are bashing him etc. thinking this was some narcissistic trip of his. People…his brothers, since they were children adored writing, acting and directing. He was showing us/allowing us to see how it all began for him. Did you miss the part of how he took care of his father’s property debts?? If he was narcissistic, he would have cared less to do that. Personally, I thoroughly enjoyed his film. After all, he graduated from the Juilliard School in NYC!!! He is a dramatic, well educated actor operating in his craft. I’ve got nothing but LOVE for him! I grew up in the 80’s so I enjoyed seeing his behind the scences at each movie. I want to thank Val for sharing his “time capsule” of movie footage with us. I highly recommend.
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RhayzzaReviewed in the United States on August 6, 2021
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Grief is a Beast.
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Sometimes, we are hit with a situation that does not allow us to grieve: We're not in the right place/time/moment. Grief is terribly inconvenient.

Additionally, sometimes our mind instinctively understands that if we are allowed to grief (in the moment): There is no going back. It can completely consume and even eradicate us. Some things are just too big.

The loss of his brother, so suddenly, so MINDLESSLY (when we replay all the versions of how this could have gone down, how we could have saved to day, how this, how that...all the billions of versions of an alternate ending) reminds me of this very thing, this very BEAST that Grief can become/is. In this world, in this reality, I think this entire movie is about Wesley. How Val could not grieve his brother properly (if there is such a thing), and this is where he is now.

I noted that Val uses humor to deal with grief. The silly string, the faux keeling over (you can audibly hear his son brimming on tears) toward the ending of the movie (another END): We might think it's improper, even rude/cruel...but this is a guy who has been grappling with the NON display of grief over his baby brother. He was what...? All of 17yrs old...? He's still STUCK there. It's obvious.

The fact that he got divorce papers on set and then acting a little out there...another 'death' of something he loved; it's no wonder he was making people mental on set, he was having a borderline breakdown, it would seem.

Making video notes for decades on behalf of a brother he'll never see again: That's what this whole movie is about. It should have been Wesley holding the camera, all this time. Something he was sharing with a non-present family member, a form of grief manifesting. A grief he can only do THIS way, because any other way would have meant breaking into pieces at a time when he absolutely could NOT. The timing really could not have been worse.

I've still not grieved for my younger daughter. It's been three years, and I know, I KNOW that if I go mind just might not come back.

I get it Val, I do.
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TanyaReviewed in the United States on August 6, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
I always knew the real you was hiding in there somewhere.
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Hey Val, I hope you read this. It comes from my heart. I’m so glad you made this. It was so heartwarming.

I have been a big fan since the 80’s. When I was little, I saw a movie called Real Genius. It was briefly mentioned in this film, but it was a big part of my life. I understood only 1/3 of the jokes, but it made me love science. While I didn’t become a scientist on paper, I did become one as a hobbyist. That film was everything to me. I dreamt of going to a school like MIT and being the smartest girl in the class. None of that happened, but it was a that love of science that grew and I was able to pass on to my child. That movie has always been on my list of all time favorites and always at number 1. I have seen it about, ohhhh idk, probably 100 times. I used to know every line by memory.

Seeing you in this film was the same as seeing that for the first time. It opened up a part of you that will forever capture my heart. You are finally letting us see the true Val. The one we all knew was in there all along but the lights of Hollywood didn’t show us. It’s bittersweet, it’s endearing, it’s absolutely lovely. You are a beautiful soul Val. Thanks for sharing such intimate moments, with us, your adoring fans. I have never been one to watch interviews, so I never really saw you off stage. You are right we always see what we want to see, not who the person truly is. I’m glad now I can remember you as the person I always knew you were.

You are such a special human. I hope you get better, and keep enjoying your children and grandchildren way after this film. Keep walking in the path of your truth. I think you might be on to something….
From another real genius in Miami, always with love.
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Jason PReviewed in the United States on August 6, 2021
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Not what I expected
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I don’t do this very often, but I feel compelled to write a quick review. This documentary is very well done and, while it goes into the life of Val Kilmer, it’s only what he wants you to know about him. There’s huge spans of his life that are completely omitted. It’s definitely an incredibly personal view into the man’s life and, yes, he’s every bit as weird as he’s always been rumored to be. And that’s okay!

I’ve always liked Val Kilmer as an actor. I don’t think I’ve ever thought of him being in my “Top Ten” list of all time actors, but after watching this I realize he’s definitely on that list! The Doors, Tombstone, The Salton Sea, Wonderland, and Felon are my favorite Val Kilmer movies. Actually, Tombstone and Wonderland are probably on a relatively short list of my all time favorites. Just the fact that this documentary made me realize that makes it worth watching.

He has lived an incredible life and he’s truly a part of American pop culture. It’s difficult to see him in poor health, but it seems as though he’s found peace with it. I love that he’s creating art again and opened a gallery for himself and other artists. I truly appreciate this film and I’m glad that he decided to share it with the world.
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linda galellaReviewed in the United States on August 6, 2021
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Father and son combined to deliver
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the narration for this biographical documentary. It’s better and more interesting than I expected.

Val Kilmer has been filming himself since he was a young boy. It could have come off completely narcissistic but it’s more honest. There’s plenty of self glorifying but his foibles are evident too.

Kilmer doesn’t hide the effects of his difficult childhood, that was marked by death and divorce, followed him for his entire life. His own marriage to actress Joanne Whaley ended in divorce. The scenes with Val and his children are some of the most emotionally satisfying of the project.

Much is investigated about Val’s process of acting, choosing a project and becoming a character. The background is incredibly important as are the early plays and personal works. He had a reputation from early on and it’s easy to see why from this documentary.

One of the most enjoyable aspects of this work are all the clips of his early movies that feature his contemporaries: Kevin Bacon, Tom Cruise, Anthony Edwards, Sean Penn and so many more. It’s a true blast to the past you’ll surely enjoy with insights that are uniquely VAL🍿
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PaxenReviewed in the United States on August 6, 2021
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autobiographical film of Val Kilmer
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This biopic film, about Val Kilmer"s life was truly poignant, but sweet and bitter to watch; yet as he put it, "truth about life and acting/reality vs. illusion". I'm gratified to have gotten to see an honest portrait of his life and family, his thoughts and creative vision. The movie clips with other famous actors/actresses were also really interesting and cool to see.
Most of all, I think it was really touching to see how his children love and care for him so much. Narrated by his son, you still felt that Val was speaking to you. (he sounds a lot like his father)
He is one of my favorite stars, Willow and The Saint being my favorites of his films.
If you are a fan, you will both enjoy his shots of his famous movies behinds the scenes shots, and cry at the hardships that he has faced with himself and loss of his eldest brother and parents.
I am glad he mentions his faith in God at the end of the film. Particularly, Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. That gives me hope in the face of difficulties we all face in life.
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D. YeatmanReviewed in the United States on August 6, 2021
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Val, an artist of life
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One of the greatest actors of his generation. I found this documentary curious, empathic, and dreamy. What a brilliant mind, personality, and soul. I feel strangely inspired. I love films that I know will reveal more after the ending.

Thank you, Val Kilmer, for being so totally generous in this exquisite sharing of who you are devoid of artifice.
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Bella SkyReviewed in the United States on August 6, 2021
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An Amazing Life Journey...
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I have always loved and respected Val Kilmer, as an actor, and has seen his career grow, when I was a kid, from the beginning. We should all be so lucky to have archived our own life's journey. A great story of a genius actor and the career and life that Val has built for himself. This will be a part of his legacy and is raw, mostly unscripted, and inspiring to be able to get to know a beloved actor so intimately! Thank you Val, for recording your life and generously sharing it with your fans... the highs and lows and struggles. The trying times, lonely and sad times, along with the joyous and happy times... thank you again! Val, you are loved always. If you love Val, watch this film! I highly recommend it!!!
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